Dental Sealants For Kids FAQ

Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of back teeth, protecting against cavities. They are recommended for children at risk of tooth decay and anyone with deep grooves where food and bacteria can hide. While sealants are effective, regular oral hygiene and dental checkups remain crucial.

Cute little boy at the dentist's office is going to receive dental sealants

What Are Dental Sealants?

Dental sealants are thin coatings of plastic resin that are applied over the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. The back teeth, especially the ones in the deep grooves, are the most common place for cavities to develop in kids. The sealant is bonded into the grooves of the tooth and acts as a shield to prevent food particles and plaque from settling into the grooves.

When Are Sealants Needed?

Dental sealants are most often recommended for children who are at risk for tooth decay. The grooves of teeth (or pits and fissures) are more prone to developing cavities, especially if they are not cleaned properly.

Sealants fill in the grooves of teeth, preventing food from settling there and worsening tooth decay.

How Do Sealants Work?

Sealants work by filling in tiny crevices in your child’s teeth to prevent food and bacteria from getting in. Dental sealants are plastic coatings that we can apply to the chewing surfaces of your child’s molars, premolars, and any teeth with deep groves. Sealants will last a long time but will need to be checked periodically to make sure they are still intact. The teeth that the sealants are covering may still need other dental care.

Are Sealants Safe?

Yes! In fact, dental sealants have been shown to reduce the risk of cavities in children and adolescents by 80%. They are safe, painless, inexpensive, and easy to apply, and they can last for many years. They protect 80% of the chewing surfaces of teeth.

Are Sealants for Kids Only?

No, dental sealants are for everyone. They are especially recommended for those who have deep crevices where food and bacteria can hide. A sealant is a thin, plastic coating that is applied to the chewing surfaces of the teeth. The sealant is painted into place and bonds to the tooth.

Are Sealants Permanent Solution For Cavities?

Sealants can be highly effective at preventing tooth decay. However, they cannot completely prevent cavities. It is still very important that children brush their teeth every day and attend regular dental cleanings and checkups. These visits will help prevent cavities and detect them early when they are easier to treat.

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