Maintaining dental health of children can be a challenge because they are naturally careless about it. One of the simplest ways to prevent their teeth from developing decay is to get their back teeth sealed. Back teeth have broader chewing surface which normally has pits and fissures on it. These pits and fissures can become a breeding ground for bacteria that can cause tooth decay. Sealing these fissures mainly refers to the filling of sealants in them so that the bacterial buildup can be prevented in the area.
A few benefits of sealing the teeth are worth mentioning in this regard.
Application at early stage
Ideally, you need to get your children’s back teeth sealed at very early age. The permanent molars start erupting at the age of 5 – 7 years. This is the perfect time you can take your child to the dentist to get his newly erupted back teeth sealed. Second molars erupt at the age of 11 – 14 years. You can take your kids to the children to the dentist for sealant application once again. The process of application of sealants is quite painless; and it protects your child’s teeth against decay for years.
The sealing of pits and fissures
As mentioned above, there are pits and fissures on the surface of back teeth. These pits and fissures can be become home to bacteria that can further lead to tooth decay. These pits and fissures normally cannot be cleaned with brushing because bristles of toothbrush cannot reach in the depth of these fissures. When the sealant material is filled in the fissures and pits, they can no longer host bacteria. Hence, there is going to be no decay in the depths.
Avoiding the buildup of plaque
Since children do not have good sense about maintaining their oral hygiene, they are not going to brush their back teeth thoroughly no matter how well you teach them to brush. Thus, there is always the chance of building up of plaque on those back teeth. Getting those teeth sealed in the early stages can be quite helpful because this hardened sealant material is going to resist the buildup of plaque.
Prevention of several dental diseases
Since sealants protect tooth enamel from plaque which contains bacteria, the teeth are not going to be decayed. Remember, there are a number of dental health problems which tend to occur when you do not prevent the building up of plaque on the teeth. Some of those diseases may include:
- Early gum diseases, also called gingivitis
- Destruction of tooth enamel
Better dental health
With the types of benefits sealants provide, you will be able to ensure better oral and dental health of your kids. However, you have to keep one thing in mind that application of sealants doesn’t eliminate the need of taking care of oral hygiene on daily basis. Moreover, you will have to make sure that you take your kids to the dentist twice in every year.