When thinking about your child’s total preventative dental care, you may not have considered dental sealants, but you should. Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that are applied to the surface of the molars (the teeth in the back of the mouth). These coatings help to prevent tooth decay in your child and can last as long as 5-10 years.
The dental sealant application procedure is an easy 3-step process which includes:
1. Cleaning the tooth with a special toothpaste
2. Application of a special cleansing liquid which is then washed off
3. Application of the sealant on the tooth
After the sealant is applied, it takes about a minute for the protective seal to solidify. Just a short procedure for many years of protection! The application of the sealant is noninvasive and does not require any drilling or tooth removal.
Dental sealants should be a part of your child’s preventative dental care plan as early as possible. Most tooth decay in children and teens occur on the surface of the molars and can easily be protected against. Once applied, the sealants should be checked regularly; reapplying the seal is only necessary if the original is no longer in place. Dental sealants are a simple way help keep your child’s teeth as healthy as possible for years to come.