Dental Sealants

Dental Sealants at Unique Kids Pediatric Dentistry

Teaching your child how to properly care for their smile is one of the most important habits you can give to them as a parent. While brushing and flossing a little one’s teeth isn’t always easy, there are ways of protecting their teeth from cavities until they master the art of good oral hygiene, including dental sealants. At Unique Kids Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Roshannejad is here to help make caring for your child’s oral health easy. Here’s what you should know about teeth sealants before scheduling your child’s next routine dental exam.

What Are Dental Sealants?

Teeth sealants are a thin coating that is applied to the surface of the teeth to protect them from developing tooth decay. Most commonly, dental sealants are used to coat children’s molars, which are most likely to develop cavities in their deep grooves and hard-to-reach crevices. They are made from a white or clear resin that will blend seamlessly with the natural color of their teeth, so no one will notice them.

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Molar Sealants for Kids

While dental sealants are an effective preventative dental treatment for anyone who is particularly at risk of developing tooth decay, they are especially helpful for children. This is because it takes time for kids to learn good oral hygiene habits and how to properly clean their teeth on a regular basis. Molar sealants can help keep their teeth healthy and strong, even if they’re inconsistent about thorough brushing and flossing. 

Dental sealants are safe and effective for children of all ages. However, it’s important for your child’s mouth to be cavity-free and in good overall condition before having teeth sealants placed in their mouth.

Dental Sealant Procedure

Having molar sealants applied is a quick and painless preventive dentistry procedure. Here’s how it works:

  • The dentist applies the sealant onto the surface of each of your child’s teeth, particularly the deep grooves of their molars.
  • After the resin has been applied, a special blue LED light is used to harden it (usually in a matter of seconds) and the resin bonds to the teeth.

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), dental sealants can reduce your child’s chance of developing a cavity by up to 80%. They are non-invasive, require no drilling, and are virtually pain-free, so no numbing agents or anesthesia is required.

How Long Do Teeth Sealants Last?

The lifespan of dental sealants will depend on oral hygiene habits and lifestyle choices. For most people, dentist applied sealants can last at least 3-5 years, however, with excellent oral health care, they can last up to 10 years. If you’re concerned about the sealant wearing away or falling off, don’t be. The dentist will examine the sealants during bi-annual exams and can reapply them as necessary.

How Much Do Dental Sealants Cost?

Most dental insurance policies cover preventative dental care treatments, including dental sealants. To learn more about what your dental insurance plan covers, please contact our office.

Protect Your Child’s Smile at Unique Kids Pediatric Dentistry

Your child’s smile is worth protecting. With dental sealants, you can rest assured that your little one’s smile will stay healthy and strong while they learn how to properly care for their teeth and gums. To learn more about caring for your child’s smile, the friendly dental team at Unique Kids Pediatric Dentistry is here to help. Call today to schedule your child’s dental sealant appointment!

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