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Sealants Could Protect Your Child's Smile

By Faulk Dental Associates, PA
July 07, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental sealants  

Find out how one simple, non-invasive procedure could protect your child’s molars from decay.

While cavities can occur on any natural tooth structure it’s most common for decay to form on the back teeth. This is because molars dental sealantshave so many little nooks and crannies that it can be difficult for anyone, especially children, to thoroughly brush and floss into all of these areas to remove plaque and food. But over time, plaque can buildup and cause cavities. Before this happens to your little one you need to consider getting dental sealants from our Baltimore family dentist Dr. Brenda Faulk.

What are dental sealants?

These clear protective, plastic barriers are designed to go over the chewing surfaces of your child’s molars to prevent plaque, food and bacteria from coming in contact with healthy tooth enamel. Sealants are often placed on permanent teeth as soon as they erupt.

How are dental sealants placed?

It can feel like pulling teeth (no pun intended) getting your child to visit their Baltimore dentist. Fortunately, this procedure is simple, painless and can be performed during their next six-month checkup. Here is how sealants are placed:

  • Your child’s teeth will be thoroughly cleaned.
  • A special conditioning liquid will be applied to the tooth to roughen the surface and help the sealant bond with the tooth.
  • Then the sealant is brushed over the chewing surfaces of your child’s molars.
  • Sometimes a sealant will require a special laser in order to harden it.

How do you care for dental sealants?

Once the sealant has been applied and hardened your child is free to eat or drink whatever they want. Your child may notice the sealant at first when chewing, but this odd feeling will go away after a couple days.

While sealants are durable they aren’t designed to last forever. But some sealants can last up to 10 years. Every time your child goes in for their six-month dental exam we will check their teeth to make sure the sealant is still intact. A chipped or damaged sealant will need to be replaced. In between visits just make sure your child is brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily to keep their smile as healthy as possible.

Faulk Dental Associates in Baltimore, MD is here to give every member of your family the individualized dental care they need. If you think your child could benefit from dental sealants then give us a call today to schedule their next visit.