Pediatric Tooth Sealants
Having your child’s teeth sealed can significantly reduce the likelihood of developing caries and cavities. Dental sealants provide a barrier between your teeth and bacteria, keeping them free of decay and therefore healthier longer. At Kids First Pediatric Dentistry, we strive to educate, enhance, restore and protect our young patient’s teeth through their developing years, dental sealants is one of those preventive measures that can help.
What are dental sealants?
Dental sealants are a plastic coating that we paint directly onto the tooth. We begin with thoroughly cleaning the teeth, removing any harmful bacteria. The application of sealants is quick and painless. Using simply a tiny paintbrush, we paint a liquid plastic material onto the most vulnerable teeth, filling the depressions and grooves on teeth where food is more likely to get stuck. Once dried, the sealant material will stay in place for years to come. It is safe and non-toxic.
Traditionally, it was assumed that cavities were part of childhood. Today, more and more children are reaching adulthood without ever experiencing one. This is due to an increase in food and health education, new and improved dental tools for home use, improved dental knowledge and care, and the application of dental sealants. We can provide you and your child the knowledge and resources to have healthy teeth.
Why should my child have dental sealants?
In general, the most important step you can take in your oral care is to brush and floss daily. The problem is that children face some battles, they may not understand the process or importance of brushing, and they have a propensity to eat and drink foods that contain sugar. Dental sealants can provide the added help they need to protect their teeth when the goal to brush or eat right fail.
Dental sealants have been shown to reduce the development of decay by nearly 80% in children’s most vulnerable teeth, their molars. The Center for Disease Control found that children without sealants have nearly three times more cavities than children with sealants. You can help your child protect their teeth.
Caries and cavities are a big deal. It may not seem like it, but when we perform restorative work to your child’s teeth, though we are removing the harmful bacteria, the tooth is never quite the same, the structure is weakened. If we can extend the time of damage occurring, we can help your child keep their teeth longer in later adulthood.
How long do dental sealants last?
We will check the status of your child’s dental sealants during their annual checkups, but for most patients, dental sealants should remain in place for several years. They can be reapplied as needed. Dental sealants are often applied to younger children who are still learning to properly care for their teeth but can be used on older teens and even adults who struggle with decay. We are happy to examine your older child’s teeth and help you determine if sealants are right for them.