Our dentists use sealants to help protect children’s permanent teeth as they erupt at a young age. Our dentists are trained to provide sealants for your child in a perfectly safe way for kids. They are very easy to apply and completely painless. Sealants are particularly helpful for young people who are more cavity prone than others. This treatment is usually reserved for permanent teeth. Once applied, the sealant often lasts for several years. Our dentists will check the sealant for wear and chipping during your child’s regular exam and cleaning visits.
A sealant is a very thin layer of plastic material that is applied to the surface of your child’s teeth. This material helps to create a smooth surface over the teeth, which means they’re easier to clean. Decay usually forms in the deep grooves of teeth, so when the tooth surface is smoother and easier to clean, it reduces the chances of decay forming.
How a Sealant is Applied
Applying a sealant to a child’s teeth is a very simple procedure. The first step is to professionally clean the patient’s teeth. After that, a special solution is applied to the surface of the tooth enamel. This will help to bond the sealant to the teeth. Next, the teeth are rinsed and dried. Then the sealant material is applied directly on the tooth enamel. The sealant will then either harden on its own or with the use of a curing light specifically designed for this purpose.
Sealants are yet another way to help ensure that your child’s oral health is as good as possible. Remember that sealants are normally reserved for permanent teeth, but in some cases sealants may also be helpful for young children who are especially cavity prone. If you’re wondering whether your child is a good candidate for sealants, talk to one of our dentists today. They are happy to help you make the best dental decisions possible for your family.
While sealants can be helpful, a sealant alone does not protect your child against cavities. Only good oral hygiene habits, along with regular exams and professional cleanings, will ensure good oral health.
It’s so important to take your child in for regular exams. If you’d like to schedule your appointment or learn more about sealants, you can reach our Conway office at 501-328-5439 or reach our Fort Smith office at 479-452-8650. You can also fill out our Appointment Request Form below to request your child’s dental appointment. A member of our staff will get back with you soon!