The Benefits of Dental Sealants

As a parent you teach your child about the importance of good oral health care. Though kids learn to brush and floss, they often have difficulty reaching back teeth. As well, the grooves and pits in those back teeth are harder to clean and may be prone to cavities. Dental sealants can help protect your children’s teeth and keep their beautiful smiles intact.

What are dental sealants?

Made from clear plastic materials, sealants are brushed onto the chewing surfaces of back teeth. Dental sealants keep germs and food debris out of the grooves in these teeth, lessening the risk for tooth decay.

How are sealants placed on teeth?

The process for getting sealants on your child’s teeth is simple. The dental team will first clean and dry the effected teeth. A special gel is applied to the area. Then, the dentist brushes the sealant mixture onto the teeth. A curing light may be used to harden the plastic material.

Are sealants noticeable to my child or others?

At first, your child may feel the sealants with his or her tongue, a common reaction to anything new in the mouth. When your child smiles or talks, though, the sealants aren’t usually visible.

How long do sealants last?

Typically, your child can will the sealants for five to 10 years. At checkups, your dentist will check to see if the sealants are in good condition.

Are sealants better than fillings?

Preventing damage is always better than repairing. Sealants help stop tooth decay before it compromises your child’s smile.