A lot of parents are faced with the question of whether they should have their kids get dental sealants. They’re often recommended at a young age, but why would your kids need – or want – them?
Well, there are quite a few reasons why you’d want to seriously consider dental sealants as soon as your children have their permanent molars grown in. Today, we’ll look at what just a few of those reasons are.
Protects against cavities
Our molars are the workhorse of the mouth. They do a large portion of the chewing, and they’re also the ones that a dentist will spend the most time fixing. Sealants help stave off any issues with your molars, including cavities and tooth decay.
Why are they recommended?
You’ll likely have Dr. Chris Lindsey recommend dental sealants if he thinks they’d improve the oral health of your kids. Once kids have permanent molars in, you need to do all you can to help protect them from cavities.
They’re also recommended because molars tend to trap more food, debris, and plaque than other teeth. This is due to the fact that the surfaces of molars are grooved in order to better chew food. These grooves attract plaque and debris, but dental sealants fill those grooves. The molars still work as intended – but the sealant blocks anything from getting trapped in your teeth.
Here at Chris E. Lindsey DDS in Palo Alto, California, we see a lot of different oral health situations. It’s likely that many of the more unpleasant ones could be avoided with dental sealants. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, call us today at 650-327-3770.