Tooth Sealants for Kids

Tooth decay, or cavities, is the leading childhood disease across our planet. Even in the US, with access to dental care and education about oral home care, kids get cavities. Brushing teeth daily, flossing, and avoiding sugary foods and beverages help prevent cavities.

Because they’re hard for kids to clean, molars (teeth found in the back of the mouth) have the highest risk of decay.  When permanent teeth replace primary teeth, clear plastic sealants placed on molars can protect against tooth decay. The sealants fill in dents and grooves, or fissures, on the top of the big, back teeth, to protect areas that brushing and flossing miss.

Sealant Treatment Procedures

The procedure to place dental sealants is quick and comfortable. The process begins with cleaning the tooth surfaces. Then a gel is applied, which aids the sealant in adhering to the molar. The gel is rinsed off, but leaves behind effects that will provide support to the sealant. We will dry the teeth and apply the plastic resin and harden it with a light.

When to Start Consider Sealants

Sealants can lower the opportunities for bacteria to infiltrate fissures. Check out this study to learn more about the benefits of sealants. It is best to consult Dr. Villani to determine the best age for your child to have sealants. However, common practice is to wait until permanent molars have grown.

Sealants Compared To Other Methods

We want emphasize that sealants cannot replace brushing teeth, flossing, or fluoride regiments. Your little one should brush and floss every day, regardless of the other measures you take to protect your child’s teeth.

Our Brighton Dental team would be happy to consult with you about dental sealants for your child. Contact us to find out about our new, more convenient evening office hours.