We all know that good teeth brushing and flossing habit can help prevent cavities. But let’s be honest, sometimes no matter how hard we try, it can be quite difficult to reach all the way back to clean all the grooves and crannies of our teeth with a toothbrush.
And if you’re a parent you’d already know this, getting children to brush their teeth twice a day is a daily battle… and at times it can be brutal. Getting the little ones to brush their teeth is tough enough, expecting them to do it right is mission impossible.
So how can you help your child to prevent tooth decay?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends dental sealants for all school-age children. Recent studies found that dental sealants prevent 80 percent of cavities for two years after application and continue to protect against 50 percent of cavities for up to 4 years after placement. (source: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2016/p1018-dental-sealants.html)
Since it can be difficult for a toothbrush to reach all the way back where food particles tend to get collected in the grooves and crannies on the back teeth, it's a breeding ground for bacteria. Hence, tooth decay is more likely to occur in the back teeth. However with dental sealants, it can help minimize the chances of having a tooth decay. Sealants is a thin coat of liquid plastic material. It is painted over the chewing surface of the back of the teeth to seal off the grooves and crannies that tend to collect food.
You may have already been doing a good job at helping your child to achieve a healthy set of teeth, such as taking your child to regular dental check-up, making sure they brush their teeth twice a day, and using fluoride toothpaste. If you or your child are not doing any of these things already, well, we need to talk. According to CDC, School-age children without sealants have almost three times more cavities than those with sealants.