Find out how sealants can protect your child’s back teeth from decay.
Even though dental sealants have been around for decades it’s amazing how many parents still don’t know about or consider getting sealants for their children. Of course, as with any procedure, we understand that parents will want to educate themselves about the benefits of getting dental sealants from our Waterford, WI, family dentist Dr. Michael Casey before making the best decision regarding their child’s oral health.
What are dental sealants?
Sealants are clear plastic coatings that act as protective barriers over the chewing surfaces of your child’s molars. If you were to open your mouth, you would see that the chewing surfaces of your molars have lots of little nooks and crannies where food and bacteria could easily get trapped. While maintaining good brushing and flossing habits can go a long way to prevent cavities in back teeth getting dental sealants can provide that added protection against decay to give you peace of mind.
Which teeth will get dental sealants?
Sealants are usually applied to the molars and premolars as soon as they erupt. This usually means getting sealants around the age of 6 or 7 when the first set of molars comes in. Once the second set of molars erupts, around the age of 11 or 12, then you’ll want to bring your child back in for additional sealants. While children are often the ones that get sealants, teens and adults can also benefit from getting sealants, as well.
How are dental sealants applied?
This process is very simple and easy to do. In fact, our Waterford, WI, family dentist can even place sealants during the next dental cleaning. Once we clean your child’s teeth we will apply a solution over the chewing surfaces of their molars. This solution will help the dental sealant stick to the tooth. The solution will be rinsed off and the tooth will be dried. From there, we will paint the sealant onto the chewing surface and then harden it into place with a light.
If you want to find out if you or your child could benefit from getting dental sealants here in Waterford, WI, then it’s the perfect time to give our office a call to schedule a consultation with your family dentist.