Dental Sealants

Dental Sealants Pediatric Dentists Hudsonville MI

Is your child prone to getting cavities? If so, you may want to ask our pediatric dentists about getting dental sealants.

Sealants are thin protective coatings our dentists can paint on the chewing surface of your child’s back teeth. They 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 nine in 10 cavities occur in back teeth? This is why we often recommend sealants for children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sealants prevent 80% of cavities in back teeth. They 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 tooth sealant 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 Sealants

Your child will still need to brush and floss their teeth every day to keep cavities away. While 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, sealants will help your child maintain a healthy smile for years to come.

Schedule an Appointment

Our Hudsonville, MI, pediatric dentists may recommend dental sealants to protect your child’s oral health. To schedule an appointment for your child, call Hudsonville Dental Kids at (616) 209-4039.