Dentists often recommend sealants for children and adolescents. What are sealants? Why might your child need them? How do sealants protect teeth? Read on to get the facts about dental sealants.
What are dental sealants?
Dental sealants are a way of protecting teeth from decay. A dental provider applies the sealant as a thin coating to the teeth. Sealants are usually placed in the pits and grooves of molars in children and adolescents. Most sealants are white or clear.
Why might my child need sealants?
Molars are especially susceptible to tooth decay because deep grooves and pits can trap food and bacteria. In some cases, the grooves are so deep and narrow a toothbrush cannot reach them. If left unsealed, these teeth can quickly develop cavities. Sealants protect the teeth to keep them healthy.
What are the benefits of dental sealants?
Prevent tooth decay
Prevent additional dental treatment
Sealants protect the parts of the teeth most likely to trap food and bacteria. This makes it easier for the patient to keep the teeth clean and decreases the chance that your child will develop cavities.
No cavities means no need for fillings or invasive dental procedures. Sealants are also more cost-effective than more extensive treatments.
Sealants are very safe. Placing sealants is a quick, comfortable procedure that does not require the use of a drill or anaesthetic. The patient can continue with normal eating and activities immediately after having sealants placed.
Dental sealants are a safe, effective, painless way to provide powerful protection against cavities. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, please contact us.