Cavities are the single most common preventable childhood disease. Even with proper oral care, it’s not uncommon for your child to develop a cavity or two. If you would like to take additional precautions to prevent cavities, we offer dental sealants at Sea of Smiles Pediatric Dentistry. Contact us today to get more details, or ask about dental sealants during your child’s next preventive visit in Yardley, Bensalem or Warrington.
How They Work
Dental Sealants to Protect Teeth
Dental sealants are intended to help prevent cavities from forming by creating a strong, physical barrier between your child’s teeth and the oral bacteria that causes tooth decay. Tooth demineralization is caused by acid from bacteria eating away at the enamel. By creating a protective barrier, sealants interrupt this process and prevent cavities. Sealants are made out of a special type of clear, plastic dental resin. This resin is applied to the teeth in a liquid form, then hardened using UV light. This creates a strong barrier that prevents acid from contacting the teeth directly. In turn, this prevents cavity formation. Dental sealants can be applied to both baby (primary) and adult (permanent) teeth. They are typically only applied to the rear teeth (molars and premolars) because these teeth have a larger surface area and deeper grooves and pits, which means that they are more likely to trap the bacteria that cause decay. When properly applied, sealants will last up to 10 years.
What To Expect
The Dental Sealant Process
Dental sealants can be applied in just a few minutes after your child’s teeth cleaning. The process is simple, gentle, and non-invasive. After your child’s teeth are cleaned, Dr. Raj Patel or Dr. Mukund Patel will use absorbent cotton to dry each tooth that is to be treated. Then, the resin will be painted onto your child’s teeth. Once it has been applied, a UV light will be used to harden it. This process takes only a few minutes per tooth and will be repeated for each tooth that is receiving dental sealants.
Are Dental Sealants Right?
The perfect candidates
If your child is cavity-prone, dental sealants can be a valuable tool to help fight back against tooth decay. Sealants are no substitute for a healthy, low-sugar diet or good oral hygiene habits, but they can help reduce the risk of cavities. In addition, sealants are usually covered by dental insurance for children under the age of 18, which makes them very affordable. Consult with your insurer to see if this treatment is covered for your little one!
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At Sea of Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, we’re experts when it comes to taking care of little smiles. If you think your child could benefit from dental sealants, contact us right away. We’d be happy to meet you and your little one, and discuss your options for preventive treatments. Give us a call to get started, and schedule your first appointment!