If you want to ensure that your child does not get cavities and/or tooth decay, you should consider talking to your child’s pediatric dentist about dental sealants. Sealants are a type of protective substance that have been utilized in the dental industry for over 50 years.
According to research, 90% of all kids develop cavities deep within the teeth – such as the crevices and cracks on the surfaces of the teeth. Sealants help in protecting all of the surfaces of the teeth and reduce the chance for cavities and/or tooth decay to develop because they cover the biting surfaces where these complications typically develop.
Dental Sealants – A Brief Description
Dental sealants – in the simplest terms – are nothing more than a thin coat of plastic that is painted directly on the teeth. Initially, the plastic is in liquid form. Once it is placed on the teeth, it starts to harden and bond to the surface. This helps to form a strong, protective covering over the teeth.
Throughout history, dental sealants have been placed upon the molars located in the back area of the mouth. Over time, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry approved the use of dental sealants for teeth – other than the molars. The procedure to coat the teeth is painless, quick, and relatively inexpensive.
Most insurances cover the procedure – especially for children and teenagers.
When a child receives dental sealants, the procedure starts with the cleaning of the teeth. Immediately thereafter, the teeth are dried with special dental instruments. The pediatric dentist then applies the sealant to each tooth – one at a time.
First, a special type of gel is placed on the tooth. This helps the substance applied to the teeth to harden and bond. Once this gel has been on the teeth for a bit, it is removed and the teeth are – once again -dried. Then, the dentist will take a resin-based material and place it completely over each tooth with a special type of brush. Immediately thereafter, a light is utilized in order to cure the material and ensure the proper bonding of the sealant. Once hardened, the sealant will protect the teeth from the invasion of bacteria that could result in cavities and/or tooth decay.
Dental sealants help to protect a tooth for anywhere from two to five years. If a child practices the best dental hygiene, consumes healthy drinks, and participates in a healthy diet, the sealant protection may last for several more years. Sealants are appropriate for both baby teeth and permanent teeth.
When their permanent teeth erupt in the mouth, you should set up an appointment with your pediatric dentist immediately to have the sealant applied. Statistics indicate that dental sealants offer 80% to 90% protection against cavities and tooth decay.
Combined with proper dental hygiene and regular checkups, dental sealants will play an imperative and positive role to your child’s oral health.