Daily brushing and flossing are two activities that greatly lower the risk of developing cavities. But cleaning food debris thoroughly from every angle of your teeth can prove challenging, especially for the molars, teeth used for chewing that are located in the back of the mouth. Cavity-causing bacteria easily hide in their rough, uneven surfaces.
Sealants that provide a thin, protective coating that adheres to the chewing surface of your back teeth, are a smart way to ensure that teeth remain clean. This coating helps keep cavities from forming, preventing early stages of decay.
Studies have demonstrated that sealants can reduce the risk of decay in molars by nearly 80%. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a report in 2016 on the importance of sealants for school-aged children to encourage their dental health, since “school-age children without sealants have almost three times more cavities than children with sealants.”
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