One of the most effective ways of preventing cavities from forming in the teeth of young children is to coat the chewing surfaces of permanent back teeth (molars and premolars) with a plastic coating that protects them from decay. Research shows that “dental sealants” are quick, easy, and painless to apply and could prevent up to 80 percent of cavities in school-aged children. Yet, a recent report from the CDC indicates that about 60 percent of school children ages 6-11 years do not get dental sealants. To help bridge this gap, parents are urged to inquire about this very worthwhile treatment for their children. It is far more cost-effective to prevent cavities than to fill them.
West Brookfield Dental recommends that children have sealants placed because as permanent teeth erupt, the molars develop pits and fissures that can trap food and bacteria, leading to tooth decay. When we seal these crevasses, teeth are easier to keep clean and free from cavities. It is important to get children to the dentist at a young age for cleanings and check-ups in order to help prevent cavities and set them up for a healthy smile for life. To schedule an appointment, please call 508-867-2777. We are located at 9 West Main St., West Brookfield.
P.S. Research shows 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 four years after placement.