Sealants are becoming a popular tool for the prevention and treatment of cavities in children. A safe, tooth colored coating that is applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, dental sealants are an effective way to prevent cavities. They coat the teeth, providing a barrier that prevents bacteria from reaching the teeth. Dental sealants have also been used to stop tooth decay that has already started.
Sealants are recommended for use on permanent molars and premolars. They are often applied soon after they have erupted, at 6 years and at 12 years.
When compared to the cost of treating cavities, sealants are a cost-effective prevention option. At Chicago kiDDS Pediatric Dentistry, we will work with you to help prevent cavities in your child’s teeth.