Pediatric Dental Sealants
The chewing surfaces of our back teeth are especially vulnerable to decay. This is due to the fact that these back teeth have pits and grooves that are hard to clean. Regular brushing and flossing helps to remove food particles and plaque only from the smooth surfaces of the teeth. The bristles of a toothbrush cannot completely reach into the pits and grooves to remove all of the food and plaque, and this can lead to dental decay. Fortunately, there is a way to help protect these vulnerable surfaces and prevent decay: dental sealants.
Dental Sealants for Kids
There are sealants that are designed specifically for children to give their teeth extra protection against tooth decay. The sealant is placed over areas that may be prone to being missed during brushing, forming an extra barrier of protection between decay-contributing agents and your child’s teeth. The sealants for kids protect against decay, helps prevent cavities, and are extremely effective!
What Are Sealants for Kids?
A dental sealant is a protective coating that is bonded to the biting surface of your molar or bicuspid. Sealants are easy for your dentist to apply and the application procedure does not cause pain or discomfort. The sealant is painted onto the chewing surface where it bonds to the tooth and hardens. The sealant acts as a barrier, protecting enamel from plaque and acids. Sealants are white in color so children need not worry about their teeth “looking funny”.
Who is a Candidate for Sealants?
Children who have permanent teeth that have erupted are candidates for sealants. These are most often applied to adult teeth rather than to baby teeth, and used as a preventive measure. Although baby teeth are usually not sealed, every patient is unique, and their needs might be unique. We recommend sealants for kids on a case-by-case basis.
How Long do Dental Sealants Last?
Dental sealants for children may last several years before a reapplication is needed. As long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth surface will be protected from decay. During your child’s regular dental visits, your dentist will check the condition of the sealants and reapply them when necessary.
Have other dental questions? Check out our Pediatric Dental Frequently Asked Questions, located here.
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