Dental Sealants for Kids and Adolescents
Around the time your child loses his or her first tooth, you may notice four additional “adult teeth” growing into the back of the mouth. These teeth—the permanent first molars (six-year molars)—are among the most susceptible to cavities because they possess deep grooves and crevices and come into the mouth when children often express heightened interest in brushing their own teeth without the help of their parents. To help prevent cavities on the chewing surfaces of permanent molars, we recommend sealants. By applying a thin protective coating over the deepest grooves and crevices of these teeth, we seal out sticky foods and bacteria that contribute to dental decay. While foods such as granola bars, fruit snacks, and gummy multivitamins may seem innocuous, they are among the worst offenders for fostering a friendly home for cavities.
Sealants do not require any local anesthesia or injections and are placed in one quick appointment. Our team will walk your children through each step to ensure they leave feeling empowered and confident with teeth that are sealed. Most children would agree that sealants make their teeth “as smooth as an ice skating rink!”
Are Dental Sealants Safe?
Yes. There are no reports of patients experiencing adverse events from dental sealants. BPA is NOT used as a formula ingredient in dental sealants. Trace amounts of BPA may be present in dental sealant material due to by-product degradation or manufacturing contaminants. Because of this, it is possible dental sealants may contribute to a low level of bisphenol A (BPA) exposure immediately following placement. In reality however, this potential level of BPA exposure when receiving dental sealants is less than the amount a person receives from breathing air or handling a receipt.
How Long Do Dental Sealants Last?
Sealants can last up to 10 years. However, it is common sealants chip or wear away more quickly due to a variety of reasons (i.e. type of sealant material used, placement technique, dietary practices, tooth grinding). For these reasons, regular dental check-ups are important in order to determine if a routine sealant touch-up is needed. Sealants can be easily repaired by the dentist or dental hygienist adding more sealant material.
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