Is your child prone to getting cavities? If so, you may want to ask our pediatric dentists about getting sealants. are thin protective coatings our dentists can paint on the chewing surface of your child’s back teeth. Sealants work by covering the deep grooves and divots in your child’s back teeth where plaque like to hide. Dental sealants also help stop food particles from sticking to teeth.
Benefits of Dental Sealants for Children
Did you know that 9 in 10 cavities occur in back teeth? This is why we often recommend dental sealants for children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, dental sealants prevent 80% of cavities in back teeth. Sealants are also BPA-free and completely safe.
What Your Child Can Expect
It doesn’t take long for our pediatric dentists to apply dental sealants. First, one of our dentists will clean and prepare the chewing surfaces of your child’s teeth so the protective coating sticks. They’ll then paint the onto the chewing surface of your child’s molars before hardening it with a special light. Dental sealants for kids are smooth, which means your child won’t be able to feel them on their teeth.
How to Care for Dental Sealants
Your child will still need to brush and floss their teeth every day to keep cavities away. While dental sealants help prevent cavities on the chewing surface, they don’t cover the sides of your child’s teeth. If your child has difficulty brushing teeth for long enough, try singing a song to help pass the time. Combined with good oral hygiene habits, dental sealants will help your child maintain a healthy smile for years to come.