Dental sealants for kids are a cost effective way to safeguard your kid’s teeth from early decay. Sealing the mouth is critical, especially for children under the age of eight years old, as early tooth decay is more common in this age group. The sticky residue left behind by plaque can damage and eventually destroy a child’s tooth. Dental sealants do not stick to teeth like other adhesives and cleaners do. Therefore, they do not get stuck in the teeth and can be removed at any time for cleaning or a tooth brush with a fluoride rinse.
Dental sealants for kids we use are made form BPA-free, non-toxic viscous plastic resin which is a protective coating that is applied to the chewing surfaces (grooves) of the back teeth (premolars and molars), where four out of five cavities in children are found. This sealant acts as a barrier keeping dangerous food particles and bacteria out thus protecting the decay-prone areas of the teeth. As long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth surface will be protected from decay.
Easy to apply, sealants take only one visit. Each tooth is first cleaned, then conditioned and dried. The sealant is then flowed onto the grooves of each tooth and allowed to harden with a special UV light. Your child will be able to eat right after the appointment. Dental Sealants for kids are not a substitute for brushing your teeth. It is important to maintain proper oral hygiene and keep up with professional dental cleanings. Also, sealants do not protect between the teeth, so it is essential to continue to floss daily.
Research shows that sealants can last for many years if properly cared for (some dietary habits, such as chewing ice or hard candies, can cause them to wear down more quickly). Therefore, your child will be protected throughout the most cavity-prone years of ages 6 to 14.