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How Do Dental Sealants Help Your Children's Teeth?

Mar 26 • 1 minute read

One way to help your children's teeth avoid decay is through the use of dental sealants. These substances keep food from getting trapped in the fissures and grooves of molars, areas which are difficult to clean, especially for young children.

What Are Dental Sealants?

Made from a plastic-like material, these substances are able to bond directly to the edges of a tooth, thereby keeping the surface smooth, easy to clean, and free from the organic matter that causes tooth decay. Although they will typically last for many years, we will monitor them at your child's regular checkups to ensure that they are still in working order.

How Are Sealants Applied?

The process is painless, fast, can be performed by a dentist or a dental hygienist, and can easily be incorporated into your child's routine visit. Just a couple of minutes per tooth is all that's needed. The following steps are taken during the procedure:

1.      The tooth is first cleaned with a baking soda spray.

2.      An acid etching substance is applied to prepare the surface.

3.      A liquid with an alcohol base is used to dry the area.

4.      The dental professional applies the sealant, making sure to get it into all the rough areas.

5.      A special type of light is then used to harden the sealant into a plastic-like covering.

Who Should Get Sealants?

Our pediatric patients are among those who most benefit from this process. It can be applied as soon as the child's permanent molars are in place. Adults can also benefit from the procedure if their teeth have deep grooves and decay is not yet present.

Patients who get dental sealants will still need to have regular checkups to ensure that there is no chipping or other type of wear. Give us a call at the Pediatric Dental Group, and we'll be happy to explain how this investment in your child's teeth can help them stay cavity-free.

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