What Are Dental Sealants — And Why Do Kids Need Them?

Dental sealants are one of the best ways to add an extra layer of protection to your child’s teeth. They help to prevent cavities, especially as kids learn to brush their teeth. However, we know that as parents, you might have a few questions about dental sealants, what they are, and how they help protect your child’s teeth. We have answered a few dental sealant FAQs below!

What are dental sealants?
Dental sealants are designed to prevent cavities. Each sealant is made from a safe resin material that is applied to the surface of your child’s tooth. This material fills in all of the nooks and crannies of the tooth, sealing it off.

Why are dental sealants such a great choice for kids?
As kids start to learn to brush, they may miss some problem areas in the back of their mouth. When they forget to brush food, sugars, and bacteria off of their molars, they put their teeth at risk of developing cavities. That’s why it’s important that we put sealants on adult teeth when they erupt. Each sealant helps create a buffer zone for kids as they learn to thoroughly brush their teeth.

How are dental sealants applied?
Dental sealants are painted directly onto the chewing surface of your child’s tooth. The sealant than hardens — and protects your child’s 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 10 years. If the sealants wear more quickly than expected, we can re-apply sealants to their teeth.

If you have any questions at all about how to care for your child’s teeth, contact our office! Feel free to give any of our three Long Island locations a call, we’d be more than happy to answer any questions you might have!