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4 Questions to Ask Your Child’s Dentist About Dental Sealants

March 12, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — brushforkids @ 9:51 pm
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During your child’s regular checkup, their dentist might mention the idea of placing dental sealants on their back molars and premolars for added protection against cavities. This new terminology may be unfamiliar to you as you contemplate whether it is a good idea to go ahead with the recommended treatment. Before you decide, here are four questions to ask your child’s pediatric dentist when discussing dental sealants.

What Are Dental Sealants?

Dental sealants are a preventive method of treatment that involves applying a clear, thin layer of composite resin to the chewing surfaces of your child’s molars and premolars (back teeth). This added layer of protection reduces the chances of bacteria and food particles from penetrating the pits and grooves that are found on these teeth.

Why is a Sealant Better Than a Filling?

Although a dental filling may be necessary at a certain point, dental sealants are a great way to prevent cavities from forming in the first place. Not only is the process quick (it can be completed during a regular dental checkup), but it is much less expensive than a tooth-colored filling.

Helping your child avoid cavities will allow their teeth to remain strong and healthy.

Is the Process for Dental Sealant Placement Painful?

No, the placement of a dental sealant is not a painful process. Your child should not expect to experience any discomfort while their pediatric dentist applies the composite resin.

The process required for dental sealants involves cleaning the chewing surfaces before rinsing and drying them. The composite resin is then applied directly onto each tooth before a curing light seals and hardens the resin in place. This can take a few minutes. Once completed, your child’s teeth will be better protected against bacteria and harmful particles.

How Long Will They Remain in Place?

How long your child’s dental sealants will remain in place is ultimately dependent on how well they take care of their teeth and gums. Oral hygiene is essential for smiles, no matter the age. Regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing are beneficial as well as continuing to see a pediatric dentist every six months for checkups and cleanings.

The average timeframe for an effective dental sealant is 9-10 years, but they can fall off, so you can expect your child’s dentist to check them during each visit. Should a sealant come loose, a new one can be applied.

It’s natural to have questions when it comes to their oral health. Learning more from a trusted pediatric dentist will help you to make the right decisions when it comes to their developing smile.

About the Author
At Brush Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Mira Albert leads a team of pediatric dentists who make it possible for little ones to achieve healthier smiles. Offering a fun and exciting environment filled with kid-friendly amenities, we believe in providing safe and effective preventive treatments designed to curb cavities and prevent tooth decay. If you’re looking for a solution to better protect your child’s teeth, contact us at (630) 504-2223.

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