What Are Dental Sealants?

Did you know that dental cavities often develop in the absence of adequate dental hygiene and preventive care? Luckily, a preventive care treatment called dental sealants may be applied to the teeth in order to stop cavities before they start. In short, dental sealants refers to a coating that is painted onto the back teeth to prevent cavities where they are most common. Dental sealants are a time-tested, tried-and-true method for sealing out tooth decay. Having the teeth sealed is a painless, worry-free procedure and it is usually done in just one appointment. Furthermore, cavity prevention is key, as a sealed, cavity-free tooth is healthier than a tooth with a filling.

How are dental sealants applied?

Dental sealants are applied using a very small paintbrush, the sealant material, and a curing light. The process usually goes as follows:

  1. Teeth are first cleaned and dried using an air/water syringe.
  2. The teeth that need to be sealed (usually back teeth only) are coated with an acidic solution that helps the sealant material bond to the tooth.
  3. Your child will be asked to rinse, and then the teeth are dried again using the air syringe.
  4. A small paintbrush is used to paint the sealant coating onto the grooved edges of the molars.
  5. Finally, a blue curing light is used to dry and harden the sealant!

Many pediatric dentists will offer and provide sealants during a child’s dental cleaning, when they deem it is appropriate and beneficial.

What are the benefits of dental sealants?

Did you know that on average, 51 million hours of school are missed for dental-related reasons? This includes dental pain associated with cavities! Because sealants offer proven cavity prevention, your child’s pediatric dentist may suggest they get them. Furthermore, dental sealants may also provide additional benefits such as (but not limited to):

– A painless and easy treatment process that can be done after a routine dental cleaning, during the same appointment (in most cases)

– Offers protection from cavities for up to several years after their initial application (actual time may vary, but your child will generally get more than 4 years of protection)

– Less missed days of school due to dental symptoms, and less money spent on dental care

When it comes to your child’s oral health, it is always best to choose prevention and avoid any negative consequences such as painful cavities and infection. Advanced Children’s Dentistry in Garden City, NY offers comprehensive pediatric dental care in a fun and loving environment. Schedule your child’s pediatric dental appointment with Dr. Sybil at 516-758-KIDS(5437).

Infographic detailing what dental sealants are


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