Fluoride has been shown repeatedly to help children reduce their risk of dental decay. Not only is fluoride beneficial on a daily basis in toothpaste, mouth rinses, and community water but a TWICE a year professional application after a dental cleaning has been proven to reduce decay.
Young children rarely do a good job of brushing their teeth on their own. Molars in particular are difficult to keep clean because of the natural grooves and shape of the teeth. Sealants are one tool in the prevention of cavities. A sealant is a plastic material that is usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars and pre-molars). The plastic resin bonds into the depressions and grooves of the chewing surfaces of the back teeth and acts as a barrier protecting enamel from plaque and acids. The sealant is painlessly applied and costs about 65% less than a regular filling.