In addition to brushing and flossing regularly, dental sealants are an easy way to add an extra layer of protection to your child’s teeth. In fact, once applied, sealants protect against 80% of cavities for two years and continue to protect against 50% of cavities for up to four years (CDC).
However, we know that you may have questions about dental sealants, so we answered a few of our most frequently asked questions below:
What are dental sealants?
Dental sealants are designed to prevent cavities. Each sealant is made from a safe resin material and applied to the surface of your child’s tooth (commonly, permanent molars). This material fills in all of the nooks and crannies of the tooth, sealing it off from cavity-causing agents like plaque and food.
Why are dental sealants such an excellent choice for kids?
As kids learn to brush their teeth, they may miss some problem areas in the back of their mouth. And by not thoroughly cleaning these areas, they become more at risk of developing cavities. That’s where dental sealants come into play! By putting sealants on adult teeth when they erupt, it helps create a shield that protects against tooth decay. Plus, the process of applying the sealants is easy and doesn’t hurt!
How are dental sealants applied?
Dental sealants are painted directly onto the chewing surface of your child’s tooth, then hardens. They are very thin and fill the grooves of the tooth. At each of our offices, sealants are applied in just one visit.
How long do dental sealants last?
After the sealants have been applied, they can last up to about ten years. If the sealants wear more quickly than expected, we can re-apply sealants to their teeth.
Schedule an Appointment with Adelberg Montalvan Pediatric Dental
We know that there is no one size fits all solution, that’s why we offer pediatric dental services specific to your child and their needs. If you have more questions regarding dental sealants and how they can help your little one, give us a call today!