Why did my dentist recommend sealants for my child when there are no cavities on their teeth?
Sealants are a preventive measure that many dentist are using to help prevent or delay the onset of a cavity on your child.
Children typically start getting their permanent teeth around the age of six. Most children do not have adequate oral hygiene or hand dexterity at that age to properly brush and floss their teeth. Typically, permanent teeth have more peaks and grooves than our baby teeth, which means it is more likely that food will become stuck in these teeth. A sealant fills in the grooves of the teeth, which prevents food from getting stuck. If food is not stuck on our teeth, a person is less likely to develop a cavity.