Can Dental Sealants Benefit My Child’s Smile?

By Elmer A. Villalon, DDS
October 04, 2018
Category: Dental Health
Tags: Sealants  

This Simple Preventive Measure Could Protect Your Child’s Molars from Cavities.

While any tooth is susceptible to decay, it often seems that we see the most cavities developing on back teeth. You can blame all those crannies and crevices on their chewing surfaces, which make it more challenging to thoroughly clean and remove all plaque and food. If you want to take an additional precaution to protect your child from developing cavities on these extra vulnerable back teeth, our Pueblo, CO, dentist Dr. Elmer Villalon can make that possible with dental sealants.

What are Dental Sealants?

A sealant is a thin plastic coating that is applied to the chewing surface of your child’s molars in order to create a smooth surface. This sealant prevents cavities from forming between the crevices and grooves of the teeth.

How are Dental Sealants Placed?

Getting a sealant is quick and easy, non-invasive, and completely painless. After our general dentist has thoroughly cleaned your child’s teeth, we will apply a special solution over the back teeth. This solution will help to roughen up the surface to make the sealant stick to the tooth. Next, the solution is removed and the sealant is painted on. Once the sealant is placed, we will use a special light to quickly harden the sealant to the tooth.

How Long Do They Last?

Sealants are effective for many years, although, how long your child has sealants will really depend on several factors, especially how well they maintain good oral hygiene. Some sealants have been known to last up to 9 years or longer, however, they typically last around 6 to 8. If the sealant is damaged or falls out, let our dentist know right away and we can replace it.

When Should My Child Get Sealants?

The normal range for getting sealants is anywhere from 6 to 14 years old, although, the sooner you protect your child from cavities, the better. This means that once their back teeth come in, it is a good time to talk to us about getting sealants.

If you think your child could benefit from dental sealants, then it’s time to give our Pueblo, CO, dental office a call today at (719) 542-7844. We would be happy to apply dental sealants as soon as possible or during your child’s next dental cleaning!