Are Dental Sealants Necessary For My Child?

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Dental sealants are a valuable option for keeping your child’s teeth cavity free. The board certified pediatric dentists at Jenkins & LeBlanc may recommend dental sealants as part of your child’s treatment.

What Are Dental Sealants?

Dental sealants are a thin, plastic coating used to protect the surfaces of teeth. Dentists apply sealants on the permanent back molars because tooth decay most often occurs here.

What Do Dental Sealants Do?

Dental sealants help prevent the buildup of plaque on the enamel surface of teeth. They act as a barricade to shield the space between the tooth surface and food particles or bacteria that may cause a cavity.

Why Would My Child Need Dental Sealants?

Some surfaces of teeth are hard to brush and floss, especially for children. Over time, plaque buildup could cause cavities and lead to tooth decay. Sealants help prevent the teeth from decaying.

When Should My Child Get Dental Sealants?

Sealants are usually placed on the first permanent molar as soon as it has completely emerged from the gum. Because tooth decay can begin early in life, it is important for children and teenagers to get sealants once their permanent teeth come in.

Are Dental Sealants Safe On Baby Teeth?

Yes, although dental sealants are normally placed on permanent molars, they may be safely used on baby teeth as well. Jenkins and LeBlanc will happily discuss any questions you may have about dental sealants and your child’s teeth.

How Long Do Dental Sealants Last?

Dental sealants can last up to 10 years. However, regular check-ups at the dentist are necessary to check if the dental sealants have chipped or have worn away.

What If My Child’s Dental Sealant Is Damaged?

If a sealant becomes damaged, a dentist can remove and replace it with a new one.

What’s The Difference Between A Dental Sealant And A Filling?

Sealants are a preventive measure to help avoid tooth decay. Fillings restore the tooth already damaged by tooth decay.

What Do Dental Sealants Cost?

Dental sealants are not only valuable for your child’s dental health but are also an affordable option. Having sealants put on teeth before they decay will help you avoid future dental procedures like fillings, crowns, or caps. Most insurance companies cover the cost of sealants, so be sure to check with your dental insurance carrier to see if sealants are covered in your plan.

 

Our professional, compassionate staff love educating parents and kids about dental health and oral hygiene. To learn more about dental sealants click here. If you are currently considering dental sealants as a preventive treatment for tooth decay, contact a Jenkin’s and LeBlanc office near you.