The use of dental sealants on children’s teeth helps protect tooth enamel and protects teeth from future decay. Sealants, which are placed on a child’s 6-YEAR molars once they have completely appeared, are a painless and cost-effective means to avoid the pain and cost of tooth repair.
Sealants are a thin coating of liquid plastic, generally applied between the ages of 5 and 7, and then sometimes reapplied to 12-YEAR molars, between the ages of 11 and 14, if needed. Applying sealants to teeth is a pain-free procedure where the dentist cleans and dries the teeth, then applies a solution that helps bond the sealant to the enamel. Once the solution dries, the dentist applies the quick drying liquid sealant. Start to finish, the whole procedure takes only a few minutes and children can resume normal activity immediately afterwards.
Combined with regular dental visits and proper home care, dental sealants are one more tool which can help children maintain good oral health. To learn more about dental sealants, talk to Dr. Sheehan or one of his hygienists.