Why Get Dental Sealants?

Posted on 12/06/2018

 Why Get Dental SealantsIf a simple dental procedure could reduce your child's chance of developing cavities by 80%, would you be interested? Dental sealants may be an option for you. At Larry Caldwell, DDS & Associates, we specialize in pediatric dentistry and special needs pediatric dentistry—providing great treatments like dental sealants to children of all ages in the Sugar Land and Wharton, TX area.

What is a Dental Sealant?

A dental sealant is a protective plastic coating painted onto children's teeth to help prevent the formation of cavities. Regular brushing and flossing are the best preventive measures against cavities, however good oral hygiene alone cannot prevent cavities. Stray food particles may still settle in crevices of a tooth's surface, creating the acidic residue that causes cavities. Dental sealants form a barrier that keeps these food particles from settling in tooth fissures and forming cavities.

Who Should Get Dental Sealants

Children, ages 6-12 are most prone to cavities, therefore pediatric dentists recommend that children get dental sealants on their molars and premolars as soon as they emerge.

Benefits of Dental Sealants

  • Reduction in cavities by up to 80%
  • Reduction in dental procedures long term

How Dental Sealants Are Applied

Dental Sealants are applied within our pediatric dentist office. During the procedure, a gel is painted onto the chewing surface of the molar to texturize the surface, ensuring the sealant adheres effectively. The dental sealant is then applied directly to the tooth enamel, where it bonds to the tooth. The process is sometimes finished with a curing light.

Potential Risks or Concerns

  • There is the risk of replacement and reapplication of the sealant, especially if the sealant was initially applied in young children. Dental sealants usually last up to ten years, and should be checked for damage or wear during regular checkups.
  • There is a small risk of BPA exposure, however recent studies indicate that this risk is extremely minimal.
  • Cost can sometimes be a concern; however, many insurance providers cover dental sealants; so check your coverage to minimize costs.

Protect Your Child's Teeth Today

Contact Larry Caldwell, DDS & Associates in Sugar Land and Wharton, TX to learn if dental sealants may be a good option for protecting your child's teeth. One of our associates would be glad to answer your questions about sealants and pediatric dentistry in general. Schedule your appointment today!