To brush and floss properly, your little one may need a little (or a lot) of assistance, especially in the early stages. As their fine motor skills develop, they will become more and more proficient at cleaning all of the nooks and crannies in their mouth. Until then, dental sealants can provide their smile with the extra layer of protection they need to prevent cavities from developing. If you are interested in this preventive service but have a few questions before scheduling your child’s appointment, keep reading!
What Are Dental Sealants?
In short, dental sealants are thin, clear coatings designed to protect your child’s back teeth from decay. To accomplish this, the tooth will be cleaned thoroughly before the sealant is carefully painted onto the chewing surface. Next, a special light is used to harden it in place. The entire process typically only takes a few minutes to complete.
Who Can Get Dental Sealants?
Fortunately, dental sealants can help both children and adults alike! However, the sooner you get them, the better. Since the first set of molars make an appearance around the age of six, it’s best to get the dental sealants placed at that time. When the second set of molars break through the gum line (usually around the age of 12), another dental sealant appointment should be made.
Can Dental Sealants Be Placed Over Cavities?
Yes! Dental sealants can protect both perfectly healthy and decayed teeth from damage. Plus, since the protective layer is clear, your dental team can continue to monitor the tooth to ensure the sealant is working properly.
Does Getting Dental Sealants Hurt?
If your little one struggles with dental-related anxiety, you may be wondering if getting a dental sealant comes with some discomfort. Fortunately, the answer is no. Not only is the process of cleaning and painting the tooth pain-free, but the quick treatment time ensures that they won’t experience soreness from long hours in the chair or keeping their mouth open for extended periods of time.
How Long Do Dental Sealants Last?
Dental sealants can last for 5+ years with proper care! Your dental team will keep an eye on them throughout the years to ensure they are in good shape and doing their job. If one needs to be repaired, the process is just as straightforward and stress-free.
Cavities can wreak havoc on the look and function of your child’s smile, which is why keeping their teeth free from decay is essential. Fortunately, dental sealants can provide your little one with the extra layer of protection they need throughout the years!
About the Practice
At Tic-Tac-Tooth Pediatric Dentistry, we are proud to have four talented, compassionate, knowledgeable dentists ready to help your child enjoy a healthy, happy smile! In addition to providing everything from routine preventive care to last-minute emergency dentistry, our team focuses on creating an enjoyable environment (complete with video games and goodie bags) to help your child genuinely look forward to their visits. If you’re interested in learning more about dental sealants or would like to schedule an appointment, visit our website or give us a call at 630-995-3393.