Students in the College of Southern Idaho’s Dental Assisting program will apply dental sealant to children ages 6 – 14 from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 14 at their lab in CSI’s Health Science building on North College Road.
Sealants are a simple and effective way to prevent the most common type of tooth decay in molar teeth. The chewing surfaces of molars have many deep pits and fissures in which cavity-causing bacteria can hide. Sealants are plastic coatings that are painted onto the teeth to seal the pits, helping prevent tooth decay. Studies have shown that 85-percent of tooth decay in children occurs in the pits and fissures of permanent molars which are best protected by sealants. Without sealants, 75-percent of lower first permanent molars will decay by age 13.
Services in this clinic will be offered at a reduced fee. The maximum cost per child will be $20. All services are provided by the CSI Dental Assisting students supervised by a dentist.