What are sealants?

One important aspect of pediatric dentistry is prevention. Preventing tooth decay and damage before it occurs is one of the most effective ways to promote good oral health for a lifetime. One of our simplest and most popular preventive treatments is the use of sealants. Sealants are thin, plastic coatings that act as a protective shield against decay-causing bacteria and food particles. Sealants are suggested to protect your child’s teeth before decay occurs, especially in regards to ensuring the permanent teeth grow in properly.

How are sealants applied?

Dr. Brumbaugh and Dr. Shaw can apply dental sealants in a matter of minutes! First, the tooth is cleaned and prepared. This generally involves applying a bonding liquid of some form to roughen the tooth enamel, promoting a stronger bond. The sealant is then carefully painted onto the tooth. Sealants are used for the back teeth, or chewing surfaces of the mouth. This is because the back teeth have deep ridges and grooves that are hard to clean and prone to decay. Not only do sealants protect the teeth, but they also make them easier to clean.

If you would like to find out whether dental sealants could be useful for your child, we encourage you to call us and schedule a visit with our pediatric dentists today. We hope to hear from you soon!