What are the Benefits of Dental Sealants
Dental sealants can prevent cavities for years after application. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that children who do not have dental sealants are three times more likely to develop first molar dental decay than children who have dental sealants.
At Grove Dental Group and Orthodontics in Wyomissing, PA, we offer dental sealants to pediatric patients. The simple treatment helps prevent dental cavities from developing by providing protection to the tooth’s enamel.
All about dental sealants
A dental sealant is a pliable plastic material that is applied to the chewing surface of a child’s premolars and molars to prevent dental decay from developing. The sealants provide protection to the deep grooves on the surface of the teeth, which are highly susceptible to dental decay.
Dental sealants provide protection to your child’s teeth until they master good oral hygiene habits such as regular brushing and flossing. The sealants can effectively provide protection for years.
The CDC found that sealants provide protection against 80% of cavities for two years and 50% for four years.
The process of applying dental sealants
At Grove Dental Group and Orthodontics in Wyomissing, PA, we will apply the sealant during your child’s dental visit. The entire application process of the sealant is rapid and effective. Your child will require no anesthesia.
Sealants are typically not used on teeth that have undergone restorations or fillings or that show signs of decay.
Prior to applying sealants to your child’s teeth, the child should undergo a complete dental cleaning and pediatric oral exam to decide if dental sealants are the best preventive care option. The dental cleaning removes the buildup of bacteria, plaque, or tartar from the surface of the teeth, so the sealant material effectively adheres.
We will paint the tooth sealant onto the tooth’s surface. The tooth-colored sealant material blends in with the natural appearance of the tooth. A specialized light is used to harden the sealant onto the chewing surface of the tooth. After application, We will examine the child’s bite to ensure that the sealant has settled onto the surface of the teeth and is in the proper position. The entire process is quick, easy, and considered painless.
Dental sealants are classified as a preventive treatment, so dental insurance companies often cover a portion of the cost. However, coverage can vary, so you’ll want to talk with the financial advisor at Grove Dental Group and Orthodontics in Wyomissing, PA.
Dental sealant care
Following the application of your child’s dental sealants, they should avoid eating hard or sticky foods for a few days. Your child will need to brush and floss regularly (at least twice a day). With proper oral hygiene, your child’s dental sealants can remain effective and last for years. During your child’s dental exam, we will continue to evaluate the condition of the dental sealants to ensure they are continuing to provide proper protection.
Start protecting your child’s teeth with dental sealants today
You want to ensure that your child is protected from painful dental cavities. Having a trusted dental expert apply dental sealants provides a layer of protection to your child’s teeth to protect against dental decay. To learn more about dental sealants, contact the team at Grove Dental Group and Orthodontics in Wyomissing, PA to schedule a consultation.