Dental sealants have become very popular in children’s dentistry, as they help prevent cavities from forming.
Applied as the permanent teeth appear, this plastic coating covers the chewing surfaces of the teeth, acting as a barrier between the enamel and the bacteria in our mouths. Children between six and 14 years old are especially vulnerable to cavities, even if they have good oral health habits, as their teeth have very narrow grooves where food can easily become stuck.
The dental sealant procedure
If your child is anxious about going to the dentist, they have nothing to worry about when it comes to dental sealants. The procedure is simple, fast, and painless.
Firstly, the teeth are given a good cleaning. The surface of the tooth is then dried and a special solution is used to prepare the surface of the tooth, helping it to bond with the sealant. After rinsing and drying the teeth a second time, the sealant will be painted on. A dental light will be used to help make the drying process faster.
While dental sealants are good protection against tooth decay , it’s important to remember they are no substitute for good dental hygiene at home and regular dental checkups.
At Distinctive Dentistry, our children’s dentistry specialists will work with you to make sure that your child has a comfortable, positive experience. If you’d like more information about dental sealants or other dental treatments for children, please contact us today in Tacoma, Washington, or book an appointment.