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Dental sealants are an important tool in children’s dental care. They are a thin layer of plastic material applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, such as molars and premolars. This procedure is painless, quick, and can be vital in preventing cavities.

How Do They Work? Sealants act as a protective barrier, preventing bacteria and food debris from accumulating in the deep fissures and grooves of the teeth. These areas are difficult to clean with brushing alone, so sealants help keep the teeth clean and healthy.

Benefits for Children

  • Cavity Prevention: By sealing dental surfaces, the chances of cavities forming are reduced.
  • Easy Application: The procedure is quick, painless, and does not require anesthesia.
  • Durability: Sealants can last for several years with proper care.
  • Improved Dental Hygiene: They help maintain clean teeth and facilitate brushing.

When to Apply? Dental sealants are typically applied as soon as a child’s permanent molars begin to emerge, usually between 6 and 12 years of age. The earlier they are applied, the better the protection against cavities.