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What Are Dental Sealants for Kids?

Posted on 9/6/2021 by Fariba Mutschler
What Are Dental Sealants for Kids?Tooth decay is common in children today and often occurs on the chewing surface of the back teeth. Since these teeth have grooves and pits inside, they can trap food and plaque from the meals that kids eat.

Dental sealants can come in handy to treat tooth decay on the back teeth. Dental sealants usually provide a hard plastic coating on the chewing surface of the back teeth. The sealant acts as a temporary barrier that limits the impact acid and plaque can have on the surface. Cavity and tooth decay are both common in children, and can be minimized and mitigated through proper sealing and protection of your child's teeth.

Why are Sealants Important?

Dental sealants offer an easy and affordable way for parents to protect their child's teeth from suffering tooth decay and dental cavities over time. The fact of the matter is that kids are prone to such dental ailments and often have to go through invasive and costly treatment methods to clear their teeth once the problem does occur. The sealant acts as a preventive measure that stops the problem from arising in the first place, leading to proper preventive care in the long run. Children should preferably get sealants on their permanent molars as soon as they erupt between the ages of 6 and 12 years.

How are Sealants Applied?

The application process for dental sealants is easy and convenient. The application takes only a few minutes to seal one permanent molar. The tooth is first cleaned, before it is painted with sealing material. Once the material is applied, a curing light is used to harden the surface and provide excellent coverage for 2 to 5 years.

You can get your child's permanent molars sealed today to save them from a number of expensive and invasive treatments in the future. If you're looking for a consultation, you can visit us at Great Grins for KIDS - Portland or call us at (971) 470-0054.

My daughter was a little nervous to have her dental work done but everyone in the office was super friendly and very reassuring and that helped her nervousness go away. Thanks for the excellent dental experience. ~ Lilyana G.

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