Dental Sealant for KidsWatertown, MA
Although careful brushing and flossing can eliminate food debris and plaque from the surfaces of the teeth, it is sometimes difficult to completely get rid of those elements from the pits and fissures of the molars. Dental sealants can provide a protective layer that can help minimize the risks of dental cavities. Sealants have been shown to reduce the risk of decay by 76% in permanent molars
Dental sealants for kids are offered at Pediatric Dental Arts in Watertown, MA and in the surrounding area. The dental sealants we apply to the teeth will adhere to the grooves quickly and create a protective covering over the enamel. Dental sealants help keep out plaque and other debris.
If you are interested in learning more about dental sealants for your child, call us today and schedule an appointment.
The Benefits of Dental Sealants
No matter the age, everyone will have teeth with varying levels of crevices in the chewing surface of the teeth. These grooves are known as pits and fissures that can trap bits of food when someone eats. In fact, some crevices can be so deep that toothbrush bristles may not be small enough to reach inside and clean them.
These pits and fissures can become a conducive environment for bacteria to thrive and form cavities. Dental sealants prevent the possibility of cavities by covering the grooves and crevices. Sealants have many other advantages, including:
Applying Dental Sealants
Applying dental sealants is a relatively simple and straightforward process. Sealing each tooth only takes a few minutes. First, we will clean the teeth thoroughly to remove dirt or debris. Next, we will dry the teeth and keep moisture off with an absorbent material like cotton. We will then abrade the chewing surface of the tooth with an acid solution to ensure the sealants bond to the teeth.
This solution will not harm the child. In most cases with applying dental sealants, the child will not feel much of anything. After, we will rinse and dry the teeth before applying the sealants to the surface of the enamel. The sealants will bond and harden quickly. We may even use a special curing light to speed up the process and harden the sealants.
Generally, the sealants can offer dental protection for up to 3 to 5 years. Regardless, we will check the dental sealants for chipping and wear during routine appointments. The sealants may be reapplied if necessary.
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After the Procedure
Since dental sealants area white or transparent, they will blend in with the teeth. This way, the sealants are not noticeable when the child laughs, speaks or smiles. Following the initial appointment, the child may need a bit of time to adjust to the different feeling of the sealants on their teeth.
Fortunately, the adjustment will not take more than a few days. On top of that, drinking and eating are allowed after placement without the need for extra precaution. Even though dental sealants for kids are durable, it is important to continue maintaining proper oral hygiene for healthy teeth.
We can offer tips and tricks to help parents/guardians motivate their child to brush their teeth properly. Along with that, we can schedule regular checkups to keep track of the child’s oral health and recommend any other dentistry treatment methods when necessary.
Invest in Your Child’s Future
With the level of protection offered by sealants, they are generally worth the investment. With dental sealants for kids in Watertown, MA, we can help parents/guardians invest in their child's future through long-lasting and effective protection. Our sealants are made from BPA-free materials.
We advise that parents/guardians to schedule an appointment with us so we can determine if their child will benefit from dental sealants.
Sealants can last a long time. Keep in mind that sealants are highly effective but will be even more effective with regular oral hygiene and checkups at our practice. Help boost your child’s oral health and protect their teeth with dental sealants.
To learn more about dental sealants or to schedule an appointment, call us at (617) 209-6434 today.
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