Dental sealants are thin, plastic coatings. Don’t worry, they have extremely low levels of BPA. According to the ADA we are exposed to 100 times more BPA just by breathing. The coating is placed on the chewing surfaces of your child’s molars (back teeth). The dental sealant helps fill in the deep grooves that are hard to keep clean even with proper brushing. Bacteria love to hide in these deep grooves and often cause cavities there. However, pediatric dental sealants can prevent up to 80% of cavities!
It is recommended for children ages 5-14. When your child gets their first permanent molars, they should have dental sealants applied. Then, when the second set of permanent molars arrives, they should go back for more sealants. Since dental sealants are covered by most insurance plans, they are both affordable and easy to get!