Even with the best of intentions, it is not always easy getting your child to brush twice each day and floss daily.
That is why dental sealants are so important in helping your child achieve a lifetime of healthy, happy smiles.
What are dental sealants?
Dental sealants are plastic coatings that are usually placed on the chewing surface of the permanent back teeth, which are the molars and premolars. Dental sealants can be white or clear.
Why are dental sealants important?
Dental sealants help protect teeth from decay.
The molars and premolars have grooves on the chewing surface that make it much easier for children to get decay. Children often find it difficult to reach the molars and premolars when brushing their teeth, so sealants are an important tool in preventing decay in these teeth.
When should my child get dental sealants?
We recommend placing sealants on a child’s teeth when he/she is around 6 years old. In some children, their first permanent premolars may come out a little earlier or even a little later than 6 years of age.
We can place sealants on a child’s teeth during his/her regular visit to the dentist.
Applying sealants on a child’s teeth is an easy procedure that includes four pain-free steps.
- The surface is thoroughly cleaned.
- A solution is used to wash the tooth
- The liquid dental sealant is placed
- The sealant is hardened with a special light
How long do dental sealants last?
Dental sealants can last for many years. However, it is important for parents to keep in mind that sealants only protect the chewing surface.
That is why it is so important for children to continue to brush twice daily and floss every day!
If you would like to learn more about the benefits of dental sealants, please contact us to schedule an appointment.