Brunette boy with glasses smiles after getting dental sealants to prevent tooth decay and cavities

Should My Child Get Dental Sealants?

November 25, 2020 8:25 pm

Molars, the big chewing teeth in the back of the mouth, are highly susceptible to tooth decay and cavities because their deep grooves can make them difficult to clean. Dental sealants help seal up the deep grooves in molars to keep bacteria and food particles out of them.

In this blog post, we discuss who is a good candidate for dental sealants and review the dental sealant procedure.

What Is a Dental Sealant?

A dental sealant is a special non-toxic plastic material that is placed into the grooves of teeth as a barrier against bacteria and food particles. This barrier makes the crevices and pits of the back teeth easier to keep clean.

Who Should Get Sealants?

Dental sealants are a great option for any patient looking to reduce their risk of cavities. This includes adults! However, the most common candidates for dental sealants are children and teenagers who have never had sealants before or patients with worn-out sealants that need to be replaced.

Dental Sealants in Kerrville, TX

At Tots to Teens Pediatric Dentistry in Kerrville, getting a sealant is a very quick, straightforward, and painless procedure.

First, we will determine during your child’s dental examination whether they would benefit from a dental sealant. Once the tooth is clean and dry, we will then apply the sealant material to its grooves. The material will harden, preventing bacteria and food debris from getting trapped. This will reduce your child’s risk of getting tooth decay or a cavity in this area.

With good dental health habits like daily at-home oral care and routine dental visits, your child’s sealants can last many, many years! At their routine checkups, we’ll evaluate the condition of your child’s sealants and let you know if they need replacing.

Consult with Our Team!

Do you want more information about how to protect your child’s teeth from cavities? Or are you ready to schedule your child’s next appointment? Contact our team at Tots to Teens Pediatric Dentistry!

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