Fighting Cavities with Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are a common procedure for anyone, especially children. Our dentists at OC Children’s Dentistry provide high-quality dental sealants for our patients. Dental sealants act as a weapon against cavities and tooth decay. Read on to learn how sealants are applied and why your child would benefit from them.

Dental sealants are perfect for fighting cavities on your child’s teeth. They are commonly applied to the hard-to-reach teeth in your child’s mouth. Molars and premolars are typically most in danger for acquiring cavities. These teeth are used the most for chewing and often have bacteria hiding in their crevices. Dental sealants work as protection.

How Are Sealants Applied?

  • The tooth on which the sealant is to be applied is thoroughly cleaned.
  • It is then dried properly and covered in cotton, so it stays dry.
  • A solution is poured on the tooth to make it rough, so the sealant sticks better.
  • The tooth is rinsed, dried and again covered in cotton, so it stays dry.
  • The sealant will quickly harden and bond to your teeth.

Our dentists recommend applying dental sealants to baby teeth which are at risk of tooth decay or cavities. Sealants typically last 10 years. It is important to frequently have your child’s dentist at OC Children’s Dentistry check on how they are holding up. This one of the reasons why we ask you to bring your child in for professional dental cleanings at least twice a year. Dental sealants will prevent putting your child through more procedures and pain.

Contact your child’s dentist at OC Children’s Dentistry and see if they need to have dental sealants during their next appointment. Schedule an appointment with one of our dentists today! Protecting your child’s teeth will help their overall health and confidence.