Dental sealants are thin coats of plastic applied to the surfaces of molars and premolars. These surfaces are particularly susceptible to cavities because they have deep grooves and crevices that can trap food and bacteria. When a sealant is applied, it creates a barrier that prevents decay-causing bacteria from reaching the tooth's surface.
As a parent, you may wonder if sealing your child's baby teeth is necessary. The short answer is yes. Sealants can be a great way to protect your child's teeth from decay and cavities. Though the dentist will need to check and reapply sealants as necessary, they can still save your child a lot of pain and save you money in the long run.
One of the main benefits of sealants is that they can help prevent cavities. This is particularly important for children who are at a higher risk for cavities due to genetics, poor oral hygiene habits, or a diet high in sugar. Although they will eventually lose their baby teeth, sealants can help prevent tooth damage and more expensive dental interventions.
Another benefit of dental sealants is that they are easy and quick to apply. The procedure typically takes only a minute per tooth and requires no drilling or numbing. As a result, they’re appropriate even for children who may be anxious about dental procedures.
Dental sealants are an excellent way to protect your child's baby teeth and let you rest easy. If you're considering sealants for your child, it's essential to talk with a pediatric dentist who can help you determine if they are the right option for your child's needs. We’d love to answer any questions you may have; contact us here.