Just like a winter coat protects you from cold temperatures, and a raincoat from downpours, dental sealants are like coats, protecting your child’s teeth from harsh elements like bacteria and decay.
Dental sealants are proof that prevention is key! Sealants protect those hard-to-reach grooved and pitted surfaces of the teeth from an acidic environment and bacteria that can make themselves at home. Sealants are made of clear or white shaded plastic and are applied to the teeth to help keep them cavity-free. Typically, they are applied to the chewing surface of the back teeth where most cavities in children are found. Although they do not guarantee your child will not get a cavity, they are effective and an important preventative measure.
Applying Dental Sealants
The application of a sealant is quick and comfortable. The tooth is first cleaned and then conditioned and dried. The sealant material is then flowed into the pits and grooves of the tooth and hardened by a special light. Your child will be able to eat right after the appointment.
Your pediatric dentist will check the sealants during routine dental visits and recommend re-application or repair when necessary.
How Helpful Are Dental Sealants For Kids?
Sealants are virtually invisible and an important part of a child’s preventive dental care. Once applied, a sealant can help prevent tooth decay for 5 to 10 years.
Dental Sealant FAQs
Are sealants covered by insurance?
Yes, most insurance companies cover dental sealants under preventative care. Some may only cover sealants on specific teeth and have age limitations. Talk to your dentist and your insurance company about the exact cost of sealants and coverage.
Do sealants need to be reapplied?
Sometimes, but your dentist will check sealants at your child’s biannual cleaning and check-up visit and let you know if a sealant needs to be reapplied or repaired. We guarantee our sealants for three years and will replace them at no charge within the three years if reapplication is needed.
Should my child continue to brush and floss after the dentist applies sealants?
Absolutely! Sealants only provide one layer of protection. The best way to protect your child’s teeth is to practice good dental hygiene at home. Make sure your child is brushing, flossing, and rinsing with a fluoride mouthwash. Schedule dental cleanings every 6 months and offer your child healthy snacks and a balanced, nutritious diet.