Dental sealants are a common dental treatment for children and teens, however, adults can also benefit. They work to quite literally seal out bacteria and plaque from forming in the pits and valleys of back teeth, preventing decay and cavities.
Why are dental sealants recommended for children?
The risk of developing cavities, especially on our back teeth (premolars and molars), begins at an early age. Children have smaller teeth than adults, with larger grooves and valleys that are more prone to catching bits of food. Although brushing and flossing on a regular basis can remove the majority of food particles, sometimes bits are missed in the nooks and crannies of teeth. When not properly removed, these food bits can lead to bacteria, plaque, and decay causing cavities. Having dental sealants applied to back teeth at a young age is a proactive measure to combat decay, and can potentially save your kids from requiring unnecessary dental fillings, crowns, and other dental work. As we age, our teeth go through normal wear and tear, smoothening out these grooves naturally, which is why dental sealants are less necessary for adults.
What is the dental sealant application process like?
Dental sealants are made of a thin plastic resin material, with a quick and easy application process. Your dentist will isolate and clean the tooth or teeth being sealed, and will then paint the sealant solution directly onto the teeth. The sealant will bond and harden within just a few seconds. Dental sealants can last for up to ten years; however, they may need the odd touch-up. We will check the status of the sealant at your child’s regular dental checkup.
If you think you or a family member are a good candidate for dental sealants, get in touch with our dental office in Fort Saskatchewan – we’re happy to help and answer any questions you may have! 780.998.7165.
Dr. Patricia Kenny
Dr. Levi Ross
Dr. Jenn Kim
Dr. Lindsay Patterson
201 - 10010 88 Ave.
Fort Saskatchewan, AB