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Find out how sealants protect your child’s back teeth from cavities.
As a parent we know how important it is to be able to keep your child’s smile healthy and problem-free. Of course, brushing those back teeth can sometimes pose a challenge. After all, those ridges on the chewing surfaces of your child’s molars can easily trap plaque and food, which can lead to cavities. One way our Lincoln, NE, family dentists Dr. Greg Blome and Dr. Sara Wubbels can help combat this problem is by placing dental sealants.
What is a dental sealant?
This thin coating made from a special medical-grade plastic is painted over the chewing surfaces of your child’s back teeth to seal out food, plaque and bacteria, which can get trapped within the grooves and ridges. By placing these sealants on molars, our Lincoln, NE, family dentist can greatly reduce your child’s risk of developing cavities on these more susceptible teeth.
When should my child get dental sealants?
Once your child’s first set of molars have erupted it’s time to talk with our dentist to find out if sealants are the best option for your child. This usually occurs around the age of 6 or 7 years old. Once your child’s second set of molars erupt (typically around the age of 12 years old) you will also want to place dental sealants over these teeth as well.
How are sealants placed?
Your child can get sealants right here in our office. The process is simple and sealants can even be placed after your child’s routine cleaning. Once their teeth have been cleaned our dentist will place a special gel over the tooth to help the sealant stick to the enamel.
Once the gel has dried it’s time to place the sealants. The material may be transparent or there may be a slight tint to it so that it matches the tooth. Sealants are not visible. Once the sealant is painted on, it will be hardened into place with a special curing light.
Does my child need sealants?
While getting dental sealants is a personal choice, all children can benefit from getting dental sealants. Getting them is painless and easy, and sealants can greatly reduce your child’s risk for cavities in hard-to-reach back teeth. There are no drawbacks to getting sealants and they could protect your child’s teeth for up to 10 years.
Have questions about dental sealants? Want to get sealants for your child? If so, call Blome Family Dentistry in Lincoln, NE, today and let us know. We can plan to place sealants during your child’s next dental cleaning.
Sealants can help children get off to a great start for a lifetime of strong, healthy teeth. Dr. Mary Gregory's Arlington, VA, family dentistry practice uses them to protect teeth that are at high risk of decay and prevent problems from developing, even if your child has never had a cavity.
The back teeth have lots of ridges, nooks, and crannies where food and sugar can get trapped. These teeth are extremely difficult to clean with a toothbrush and floss alone. Sealants are a simple and easy way to protect these vulnerable areas from decay.
Who Should Get Sealants?
Because they're designed to prevent decay in hard-to-clean areas, sealants can benefit even children with healthy teeth and a great daily hygiene routine. Most children's dentists recommend sealants for a child’s permanent molars and premolars as soon as they erupt. These teeth are prone to cavities, especially during the childhood years--so protecting them right from the start helps lower the risk of future problems.
In some cases, sealants may be recommended for baby teeth that are particularly prone to decay or have especially deep ridges that are difficult to clean. Since cavities in baby teeth can also affect the adult teeth, it's important to stop decay in its tracks if it becomes a problem early on. Dr. Gregory, your Arlington children's dentist, will let you know if your child could benefit from sealants on their baby teeth.
Sealants are made of a clear plastic material that is painted onto the tooth, sinks into all the hard-to-reach areas, then dries to form a protective barrier. The process of receiving sealants is simple and painless, and it takes just a few minutes for each tooth.
First the teeth are thoroughly cleaned to remove bacteria and food particles. Then a solution is applied to prepare the surface of the tooth for the sealant. Finally, the teeth are rinsed and dried and the sealant is applied. Sometimes a curing light is used to help the material harden more quickly.
With good hygiene, the sealant should last around 10 years, getting children through the period of time when they're at greatest risk of decay. If it should require a touch-up, this can be easily completed during a routine office visit.
Arlington Children’s Dentist
Dr. Gregory provides a full range of dentistry services for the whole family, and is ready to help give your child the healthy smile they deserve. For children's dentistry in Arlington, call (703) 527-6495 or request your appointment now.