- The first permanent molars-come in between the age of 5 to 7.
- The second permanent molars-come in between age of 11 to 15.
- Other teeth with deep pits and grooves might need to be a Sealant.
- Teenagers and young adults who are prone to decay may also need sealant.
Kids are notoriously bad brushers and tend to ignore the problem areas in back of the mouth that leads to decay. The American Dental Association recommends that kids receive dental sealant as soon as their adult teeth erupt as a preventative measure. This would be around age of 6 for most children. What are Dental Sealants? Sealants are type of plastic material that is placed in the pits and fissures of the chewing surfaces of child teeth, particularly the molars at the back because toothbrush can’t reach all the way into the grooves to clean well. Dental sealants have been proven to be a safe and cost-efficient dental procedure for child prone to cavities. It acts as a barrier to “seal-off” space between the tooth surface and any small food particles or bacteria. Benefits of dental sealants: 1) Paired with good oral health care, sealants are 100% effective against cavities in teeth that are sealed and properly maintained. 2) Minimally invasive and safe. 3) Cost effective Why sealants? Thorough brushing and flossing we can removes food particles and plaque from the smooth surface of teeth, but toothbrush can’t reach all the way into depression and groves. While fluoride helps to prevent decay, dental sealant add extra protection for the grooves and pitted areas. Who should get sealants? Children should get sealants on their permanent molars as soon as the teeth come in-before decay attacks the teeth.