We all know that the best way to prevent cavities is through thorough brushing and flossing. However, due to the natural curves and unique shapes of our teeth, it can be difficult to ensure we have thoroughly cleaned our teeth. This is particularly the case of the molars, which are rough and uneven, an ideal place for leftover food and bacteria to live.
Thankfully, there is a way to add yet another layer of protection to ensure that the molars remain clean. A sealant is a very thin, protective coating that is made either from plastic or other dental material that is adhered to the portion of the molars that are used to chew. While sealant is certainly not a substitute for your normal brushing and flossing routines, it does serve to keep cavities from starting, and possible can prevent decay that has already begun from becoming an actual cavity.
The simple process of sealing your molars can reduce tooth decay by as much as 80%. For children, this is especially good news. In fact, 2016 brought a report by the Centers for Disease Control in which they stated that school age children (6-11) who do not have sealants have three times the amount of cavities as do their sealed counterparts. As of 2016, only 43% of children were reported to have sealants, which are very important to their dental health.