Dental caries is one of the most common chronic diseases in children. Good oral hygiene habits and regularly visiting the dentist can help in the prevention of dental caries. If not addressed on time, cavities can spread and ultimately cause tooth loss, pain, infection, swelling, and severe lifestyle detriment in some cases.
Dental sealants are one method of prevention in permanent and primary molars. Dental sealants are protective coatings placed on the chewing surface of the back teeth so these teeth can stay protected from decay. Generally, back teeth have deep grooves, which are hard to clean with a toothbrush making them more vulnerable to decay. By covering the area with sealants, the groves will no longer accumulate plaque in the crevices, which will help make these teeth less prone to cavities.