Cavities are one of the most common dental care issues that people experience. While they are common, there are plenty of ways for them to be avoided. One of the most common methods of avoiding cavities is investing in sealants. While these are mostly for young children, the group of individuals that gets the most cavities, there are still very few people that invest in having them done on their children.
Learn more about this procedure and the benefits of doing so.
What is a dental sealant?
A dental sealant is a thin coating used to fill the deep grooves and pits in your teeth (mostly your molars). These grooves can harbor bacteria which creates infections and cavities if not taken care of properly. By sealing the grooves, you have less to worry about in between your routine dental cleanings.
Tooth decay is a serious problem that affects adults and children alike. Sealants can last up to ten years and aid in preserving your teeth; our goal is to prevent this decay so you’ll have fewer problems. You may want to consider sealant for your child as a way to prevent cavities and damage at a young age.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if my child needs sealant?
If your child already has their adult molars, a sealant is an excellent option to keep them decay-free. To schedule your sealant consultation, contact us today.
What can I expect when my child gets sealant?
There is no pain involved when applying the sealant. Unlike a filling, we are not removing any of the inner tooth, but rather adding a clear layer right on top. Your child’s teeth will be thoroughly cleaned before a gel sealant is painted on and cured. Sealants are easy to adapt to and shouldn’t irritate your child at all.
Are there any instructions to follow after the procedure?
Dental sealants will be checked at every dental appointment after they are applied, but normal eating habits can begin as soon as you leave our office. If your sealants are ever damaged, they can easily be replaced.