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No one likes cavities, and no one likes to have them filled. If the idea of sitting the dentist’s chair having a cavity fixed makes you uncomfortable what must it be like for your child?

The best way to prevent cavities is to brush at least twice a day for two minutes at a time using a fluoride toothpaste, floss at least once a day, and to see your dentist for a thorough cleaning and exam. However, there is an another option for protecting your child’s teeth: dental sealants. Dental sealants are thin layers of plastic applied to a child’s back teeth, also known as the molars and premolars. If you look at your back teeth, your will see that they are equipped with ridges called cusps, which help your teeth to chew your food to make it easier to swallow and digest. However, plaque and bacteria can find homes between those cusps, leading to tooth decay. Dental sealants give your child’s teeth an extra layer of protection against plaque and bacteria.

Molars continue to erupt until the ages of 11 to 13. This is also a time when a child is particularly vulnerable to cavities. This is the best time to apply dental sealants to healthy back teeth. However, older kids and adults who do not have cavities in their molars, or who are at a heightened risk for cavities may benefit from sealants. Sealants are only applied to the chewing surfaces of your molars and premolars. This means that even with the sealants in place, you will still need to brush, floss and see your dentist.

If you have been thinking about having dental sealants applied to your child’s teeth, make plans now to visit Dr. Ghina Morad. If you live in the San Carlos, California, area, you can make an appointment at Ghina Morad, DMD by calling (650)592-6396.