Caries, more commonly known as tooth cavities
, is one of the most common childhood oral health diseases
. One simple procedure could prevent about 80 percent of children’s cavities
, according to a statement by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) last month. A dental sealant
is a thin, transparent coating applied to the surface of teeth. It creates a protective barrier
between tooth enamel and harmful bacteria.
Although they may be used for patients of any age
, sealants are especially helpful for children
. It can be difficult to impossible to thoroughly clean the tiny pits and fissures in primary teeth, especially for a child who is just learning oral hygiene. The procedure is fast and straightforward
, with remarkable benefits. Yet, only 43 percent of children have received sealants, according to federal surveys. Parents are advised to talk to their child’s dentist about this procedure before cavities develop.