Why Are Dental Sealants Recommended for Children?

Children’s teeth are often prone to many harmful things including damage like decay or erosion, but with the help of dental sealants, a parent can protect their children’s teeth early on.

Because children are constantly consuming sugary beverages and foods, it can be difficult to keep their teeth in a healthy condition. It is important to protect baby teeth that children hold so that when their adult teeth come in, they are also in good, healthy shape. However, doing so can be hard when things like juices and candies exist.

Learn more about how dental sealants can help a child as we discuss why they are recommended for children here!

What are dental sealants?

Dental sealants are protective plastic coverings that go right over the molars in a child’s mouth. The molars are most prone to cavities and decay because they are primarily used for chewing foods that may contain sugar.

The sealant goes over the small grooves that molars have in order to protect the molar from bacteria and germs that might form from excessive amounts of sugar or from poor dental hygiene. Children often have a hard time brushing these small grooves because they can be hard to see or reach.

Why are dental sealants recommended for children?

Early protection

While the most common benefit is that dental sealants protect children’s teeth from cavities or decay, what most people don’t realize is that dental sealants will essentially avoid cavities from forming which in turn also prevents decay. Having dental sealants placed on a child’s teeth early on will help them avoid cavities.

Safe

Dental sealants are made of plastic but dentists recommend them because the plastic contains safe low amounts of BPA, which a lot of parents are concerned about. It is good to know that there is little to sometimes even no BPA in certain dental sealants, thus providing relief to parents that are concerned.

Affordable

Unlike most dental procedures, dental sealants are typically covered under most people’s insurance meaning that almost nothing is required out of pocket to be paid. A lot of parents worry that preventative measures for protecting the teeth will put a dent in their wallets but with dental sealants, that is not the case. What’s better than an affordable method of protecting your child’s teeth against cavities?

Conclusion

Dental sealants have grown in popularity because parents and people have realized that their children will only benefit from them. They protect the most commonly used molars from forming bacterial growth that could lead to cavities. Dentists recommend that children have sealants placed at an early age so that they are less prone to cavities or decay.

If you have questions about dental sealants then reach out to our office today. We have trained professionals who can help answer any questions that you might have as well as go over the sealant process. Give us a call or stop in today!

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Dental SealantsDental sealants, which are also known as 'fissure sealants' are simply a protective plastic coating applied in liquid form to the back teeth, which are the most susceptible to decay. While shallow grooves and fissures do not need sealing, the small ones do, because they cannot be adequately cleaned with a toothbrush, the bristles of which are too large to reach into these areas. The sealant bonds into the tiniest grooves in the molars then dries and forms a hard protective shield over the enamel of each tooth.  This keeps food out of these grooves, thus preventing the buildup of bacteria which avoids decay. The smooth surface formed by the sealant is also easily cleaned.
 
Once a tooth has developed a cavity; it is considerably more difficult and more expensive to repair the damage. Dental sealants are considered both a safe and painless way to protect your teeth from developing decay and cavities and is a minimal intervention approach to dental care.
 
Who Should Get Dental Sealants?

Children and teenagers are usually good candidates for sealants because fissure decay often begins early in life. Having a sealant applied to your child's teeth just as soon as their permanent set comes in, protects them during some very cavity prone years.  However, adults who do not have fillings or decay can benefit from sealants as well. This is especially true in the case of people who are at a higher risk for caries. This includes people who have

  • Early signs or a history of dental caries
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Dental sealants are not used on people who are at a much lower risk for tooth decay, including individuals who have exceptional oral hygiene and a balanced diet, teeth with shallow pits and grooves that can be well cleaned with a toothbrush, or previously restored pits and fissures.
 
How Are Dental Sealants Applied?

It only takes a few minutes for us to apply a sealant to each tooth, which is a simple and painless process. The teeth that are to be sealed are thoroughly cleaned and dried. An acid solution is then applied to the surface of each tooth to create a rough surface which helps the sealant bond to the tooth. After rinsing and re-drying the tooth, the sealant is painted onto each tooth, and an ultraviolet light used to 'cure' and harden the sealant. 
 
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Dental sealants do wear down in time but, depending on the material used, can last from anywhere from five to ten years. However, they do have to be regularly checked  (at least on an annual basis) for any signs of chipping or wear. If either has occurred, we will probably add or replace some of the sealant in order to ensure that your teeth are still being protected from decay.
 
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