Dental sealants protect your child’s molars (the teeth at the very back of the mouth) from cavities and harmful bacteria. At Pinellas Pediatric Dentistry in Largo and Seminole, Florida, board-certified pediatric dentist Nancy Montgomery-Easley, DMD, and her team use dental sealants to keep children’s smiles healthy and prevent tooth decay. Call the nearest Pinellas Pediatric Dentistry office to schedule your child’s sealant appointment, or book your visit online today.
Dental sealants are clear coverings applied to your child’s molars. They’re made from plastic or glass ionomer (a glass powder) and prevent harmful bacteria from eating away at your child’s tooth enamel.
Sealants come in a liquid form. The Pinellas Pediatric Dentistry team carefully applies the liquid to the chewing surfaces of your child’s teeth. Then, they point an ultraviolet (UV) light at the liquid, causing it to harden and seal the tooth’s surface.
The easiest way to determine if your child can benefit from dental sealants is to make an appointment at Pinellas Pediatric Dentistry. During their first visit, your child’s dentist completes an oral exam and takes digital X-rays.
If your child has deep grooves in their teeth that collect bacteria and food particles, dental sealants are an excellent investment. Sealants cover these areas and prevent harmful bacteria from causing additional damage.
Getting dental sealants doesn’t require any special preparation. If the Pinellas Pediatric Dentistry team determines that your child can benefit, they complete professional teeth cleaning first. Teeth cleaning eliminates the existing bacteria, so it won’t get caught between the sealants and the chewing surfaces of your child’s teeth.
Applying dental sealants to your child’s teeth is a quick outpatient procedure.
First, your child’s dentist cleans their teeth thoroughly. Then, they place gauze on top of your child’s teeth to keep the chewing surfaces dry and saliva-free. Your child’s dentist carefully applies an acid etching solution to the top of their teeth, which roughens them up and makes it easier to apply the sealants.
After applying the etching material, your child’s dentist rinses their mouth. They then paint the liquid sealant directly onto your child’s teeth. They point an ultraviolet light at your child’s teeth, causing the sealants to dry and harden.
Dental sealants last about five years, but it’s possible to extend their use with good oral hygiene. Encourage your child to brush their teeth twice daily and floss regularly. Dental sealants can’t be applied to teeth with fillings or crowns, so make an effort to prevent cavities before they happen.
Call the nearest Pinellas Pediatric Dentistry office to schedule your child’s dental sealant appointment, or book their visit online today.