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Dental Sealants For Your Child’s Teeth

With cavities in kids on the rise, parents and dentists alike are always looking for innovative ways to protect young mouths. Dental sealants are an effective, long-lasting, and inexpensive method for preventing tooth decay.

A dental sealant is a very thin, protective coating that is painted onto the teeth. It creates a thin, invisible barrier, or “seal”, between the chewing surface of teeth and food particles and germs. The resulting shield prevents cavities for years to come, with the effectiveness of the procedure depending somewhat on the eating habits and current health of the patient.

Young girl in dentist chair with uv light in her mouth while dentist applies sealant. Blue gloved dentist holds dental tools in her mouth

History

Dental sealants are considered to be one of the most significant advances in modern dentistry. In the mid-1960s the first commercial sealant was introduced, which was based on the work of Dr. Michael Buonocore to prevent superficial cavities. In 1974, glass ionomer cement was introduced, which is what is typically used in modern procedures.

Benefits

Sealants can be used to protect the surface of healthy teeth, but it can also be used to smooth the texture of teeth, as well. Pits, fissures, cracks, or any abnormalities in the exterior of the tooth can be normalized with this procedure. It can even serve to fill shallow cavities, particularly in children’s teeth.

Brushing and flossing will continue to be an important part of your child’s dental care routine, and will not be negatively impacted by the sealant. This protective shield can be reapplied to permanent teeth as necessary, and will continue to protect teeth into adulthood.

In sum, dental sealants are a great way to prevent healthy teeth from cavities and decay. The process is quick, easy, and painless – a far better alternative to filling in a cavity later. The sealant is natural looking and undetectable to the eye, and will not damage tooth enamel. Most insurance companies cover the procedure, and it can be done to both baby teeth and permanent teeth.

Questions or Concerns?

Kids Dental Specialists are happy to speak with you regarding any questions you have about dental sealants. We understand that when it comes to your child’s health you want only the best, and may have some apprehension about certain procedures.

We always want you to feel 100% comfortable and confident with your child’s oral health care and their long-term dental plan. Talk to your pediatric dentist about when your child should have a dental sealant applied, or call us today to schedule an appointment.

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