What are Sealants?
Sealants are thin protective coatings that are applied to the biting surfaces of the back teeth. They form a barrier between your tooth and any bacteria and plaque in the mouth, and can last for up to three years. Not only can sealants help to prevent cavities, but they can help to prevent deep staining. Sealants are ideal for both pediatric and adult patients who need an extra layer of protection from cavities.
Why Does your Child need a Sealant?
Sealants are used to prevent further tooth decay. After a child’s permanent teeth grow in, they have an elevated risk of developing cavities. Dental sealants bond to their teeth to help prevent cavities. This protective layer will also make it easier for them to keep their teeth clean.
What makes your child a good candidate for Sealants?
Teeth naturally contain dips and grooves. Brushing your teeth does not always completely remove food out of these imperfections. It is advisable to have your child’s permanent teeth sealed for protection through their cavity prone years. The protection that dental sealants provide will help to ensure that they will last until their permanent teeth grow in.
What happens during the procedure for applying Sealants?
The procedure for applying dental sealant is simple and painless, with no anesthesia necessary. At Peak Pediatric Dentistry, your child’s teeth are thoroughly cleaned. The teeth are then dried and treated with a special solution. After this, the teeth are rinsed and dried again. Then the BPA-free sealant is brushed onto the tooth’s surface and is cured with a light. The end result is a tooth that is sealed and easier to clean with a toothbrush.
When Should Kids get Sealants?
The ADA recommends dental sealants be applied for kids once their 1st set of permanent molars have erupted usually between the ages of 6 and 8. A second set of permanent molars which are recommended to be sealed erupts between the ages of 11 and 14. Dental sealants are an excellent way to prevent cavities. If you think your child would benefit from dental sealants, call us today so that we can get you in for a quick and convenient appointment.