Dental care is essential both for adults as well as children. Your little ones are often exposed to the accumulation of bacteria and germs in their mouth, and if not treated on time, it may lead to cavities. In the worst-case scenario, it may lead to tooth decay. Maintaining good oral practices in children sounds like a task. Protective dental sealants are an excellent way to save their teeth from cavities.
What are Protective Dental Sealants?
As the name suggests, protective dental sealants form a protective layer on your children’s teeth, hence preventing the bacteria, germs, and other debris from getting accumulated there. Sealants are thin-plastic, BPA-coating that we put on the chewing surfaces of the teeth, such as molars and premolars. This coating also keeps off the food particles from sticking to your child’s teeth.
What are the Benefits of Dental Sealants?
- Dental sealants act as a barrier, thus keeping the bacteria, acids, and sugar away from your little one’s teeth and maintaining their dental health.
- Sealants may prevent the risk of tooth decay in molars up to 80 percent.
- Protective dental sealants can be applied in a few minutes. The process doesn’t involve pain or discomfort.
- This treatment option prevents the need for fillings and other dental procedures in children, thus saving you money and time.
How Are Dental Sealants Applied?
We recommend that your little ones between the ages of five and fourteen should get dental sealants. The procedure follows simple steps. We start with cleaning their teeth to remove the accumulation of plaque, tartar, and other substances from their surface. After this, we will use a gel to apply on the surface of their teeth to create a strong bond between the teeth and sealant.
We will wash this gel and dry their teeth before applying the sealant. After the application, we will use a special light to dry and cement it on the teeth. Protective dental sealants can last up to ten years. But it is a good idea to replace them every 2-3 years to maintain the overall oral hygiene of your little ones.
What is After-Care of the Procedure?
Please pay attention to what your child eats and avoid sticky or sugary foods from their diet. Avoid the consumption of sugary juices, soft drinks, and other beverages. Include daily oral care practices like brushing and flossing in their routine, particularly after meals. Please bring your child to our dental clinic every six months to keep their dental health in check.
Please reach out to our dental practice in Tulsa, OK, to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Gerety. Please call us at (918) 493-3031 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.