Dental sealants are a preventive dental treatment commonly used for children to protect their teeth from tooth decay (cavities). A dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars and premolars). These teeth have grooves and pits that are susceptible to trapping food particles and bacteria, making them more prone to decay. Consult our board certified pediatric dentist for the best advice.
Purpose: Dental sealants create a barrier on molars and premolars, sealing off grooves to prevent food and bacteria buildup, reducing the risk of cavities.
Application: Quick and painless process, where an acidic gel is applied to create a rough surface for the sealant to bond. Then, the sealant is painted on and hardened with a curing light.
Suitability: Recommended for children as soon as permanent molars and premolars erupt (around ages 6-12) to protect teeth from decay early on.
Effectiveness: Highly effective in preventing cavities and can last for years before needing reapplication.
Complementary to Oral Hygiene: Although protective, sealants are not a substitute for regular brushing with fluoride toothpaste and flossing.
Painless and Non-Invasive: Ideal for anxious children as the application is painless and non-invasive.
Regular Check-ups: Even with sealants, children should have regular dental check-ups to monitor and reapply as needed.
Don't wait until it's too late to protect your child's teeth. Contact us today to learn more about Dental Sealants for your kids' teeth. Schedule an appointment for your child.