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What are Dental Sealants and Do My Kids Need Them?

Think about what your children eat every day. You do everything you can to make sure they eat a healthy, balanced diet but you can’t control everything. While it’s not possible to fix damage to your teeth, it is possible to prevent damage to teeth, especially young ones.

As they always say, an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of the cure. Considering the “cure” for decayed teeth is to simply replace the teeth, which can be both involved and expensive. On the other hand, preventing damage to your teeth is a much more effective course of action. For many parents, pediatric dental sealants are the best version of prevention. 

Dental sealants are a thin layer of plastic material added to a child’s teeth that looks normal, feels normal, and protects the teeth against enamel erosion.

Who needs dental sealants

Dental sealants are designed for young children, and can be applied as soon as the first teeth come through. Because the molars are often the hardest to reach and properly brush, they are also the first teeth to experience decay. For this reason, the pediatric dentists in our Garden Grove dental clinic frequently recommend getting your child dental sealants when their first molars grow in.

If you’re wondering how this impacts your child’s “dental timeline,” you can expect your child to get their first set of molars when they’re between the age of five and seven. The second set of molars come between the ages of 11 and 14. Naturally, children who show signs of tooth decay are the most common recipients of dental sealants. However, if your child doesn’t show signs of decay but you’re still concerned about the damage being done to their teeth, dental sealants are still an option.

What is the process of getting sealants?

As if often the magic question when it comes to pediatric dental care in Garden Grove and virtually anywhere else

Applying sealants is a simple, pain-free procedure that is done quickly at Pearland Pediatric Dentistry. There is absolutely no effect on the tooth structure from sealants.

 

 

How long will dental sealants last?

When dental sealants have been placed on your child’s teeth, they are designed to last roughly 10 years and will be frequently checked by your family dentist at every cleaning. Think of dental sealants as “armor” for your child’s teeth by providing valuable added protection against decay and cavities.

Do you have questions about dental sealants or any other concern about your child’s teeth? We’re here to help. If you don’t have questions, and you’re simply a patient looking to schedule an appointment for your child’s dental sealants — we can help there too!

 

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