What are Sealants?
Sealants are a great way to keep your child’s teeth protected and free of decay. These clear varnish coatings are applied to just the back chewing surfaces of the teeth. The sealant essentially covers up and fills any grooves and fissures on the back teeth. Sealants can last for anywhere from about one to three years, and they can be reapplied as needed.
Why might Sealants be needed?
In general, children are often more prone to tooth decay. This has a lot to do with their eating and drinking habits as well as inadequate brushing and flossing. Unfortunately, the back teeth can be difficult to keep clean because of the grooves and fissures that are present. In order to prevent these teeth from becoming decayed, we can place sealants to cover the very top of these teeth.
Who is a candidate for Sealants?
Most children are good candidates for sealants. In fact, it’s never too early to consider sealants for your own child. Children who are prone to tooth decay or who have deep grooves on their back teeth will find sealants to be especially beneficial. We can examine their teeth to determine if sealants are right for their smile.
What happens during the Sealant process?
We will begin by cleaning and drying the back teeth. This helps to prepare the teeth to receive the sealant. A clear liquid varnish is then applied to the back teeth and cured into place with a special bright light. The process is repeated for any other back teeth. Even with sealants in place, it is important that your child brush twice a day and floss daily. Their other teeth are still susceptible to decay, so proper oral hygiene is an absolute must. The sealants themselves will begin to wear away after roughly one to three years. At this time, we can reapply them as needed to keep those back teeth healthy and cavity-free.
If you think your child would benefit from dental sealants, call our office today so that we can get them in for a quick and convenient appointment.