Dental sealants are safe, thin plastic coatings placed on the tops and sides of your child’s teeth. Sealants are made of the same type of materials that are used for white fillings. Usually sealants for children are brushed on primary and permanent molars and bicuspids to protect them from tooth decay. Because it can be difficult to brush thoroughly enough to clean the crevices in molars, dental sealants form a protective shield so that plaque and food won’t settle into the tooth’s grooves.
The best time to place sealants on baby teeth is shortly after they erupt into the mouth. Dental sealants are easy and painless to apply. They are painted onto the tooth and when dry form a barrier that protects the tooth from decay. Sealants for children can last many years. The Super Dentists will check the dental sealants at each visit and let you know if a reapplication is needed.
Sealants on baby teeth are recommended because baby teeth are much softer than permanent teeth. Sealants for children and teenagers can be beneficial for preventing cavities, especially if they are at risk for decay due to a poor diet or brushing habits. Even adults can benefit from the extra protection from dental sealants.
Ask The Super Dentists if dental sealants are recommended for you and your kids. Remember, even if you and your children have dental sealants, it is still necessary to brush and floss twice a day. To protect your dental sealants, refrain from chewing ice, popcorn kernels or other items that can damage the sealants.