Dental sealants are clear coatings applied to the surfaces of a child’s permanent molar teeth to help prevent the development of tooth decay. Sealants help to prevent food and plaque from being accumulated in deep grooves and pits of biting surfaces of teeth which is at higher risk for cavities formation. Depending on the risk factors of a child, sealants can be applied as soon as first permanent molar tooth comes in which is approximately at the age of 6. Sealants, overall, help to reduce the risk of tooth decay and protect the natural tooth structure.
Sealants help to reduce tooth decay in children, however, it does not prevent cavities from forming in between teeth areas and other surfaces of teeth. We recommend that ideal oral hygiene habit of brushing teeth twice a day for two minutes with fluoridated, ADA approved toothpaste and floss at least once daily.
Our pediatric patients come to us from Cary, Clayton, Garner, Raleigh, Apex, holly Springs and nearby locations.