Sealants to protect your child´s teeth
Sealants are one of the best ways to protect your child’s teeth. Sealants that are used on your child’s teeth are a clear or tooth colored coating (sealant) that is bonded to the chewing surfaces of your child’s molars and premolars. This forms a hard coating to protect your child from food and bacteria in the grooves in the teeth and causing decay. Children should have sealants to protect their molars and premolars, on average a typical toothbrush cannot get into the grooves of these teeth so it is crucial to protect them with sealants, otherwise their teeth can be exposed to bacteria and decay resulting in tooth loss or costly procedures. Many insurance companies will cover if not all, or most of the costs for sealants. A good age to bring your child in for sealants would be between 5-7 when their 6 year molars come in, and 11-14 when their 12 year molars erupt. As soon as the teeth erupt they are most susceptible to decay within the first year, so it is very important to have them come in as soon as they show up in your child’s mouth.
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