Dental sealants are one of the best ways to prevent cavities in your child’s rear teeth as they grow, and are highly recommended by most pediatric dentists. Not sure if they’re right for your little one? Got questions? Read on to get answers from The Little Royals: Dentistry For Kids now!
Absolutely. Dental sealants are considered to be safe and effective by the ADA and all other major dental organizations. They have been routinely used for more than 40 years in both kids and adults, and are known to be one of the most effective ways of preventing cavities, particularly in the rear teeth.
So don’t worry. If you choose to get dental sealants for your child from The Little Royals: Dentistry For Kids, you’ll know they’re in good hands with Dr. Sal and Dr. Yasi Colombo. The treatment is safe, non-invasive, and takes only a few minutes per tooth.
Most dentists recommend that kids get dental sealants at least twice. Once when their first molars come out, between the ages of 6-7, your child should have dental sealants applied to them to protect them from decay. Then, when your child’s final set of adult molars comes out at about the age of 12, another set of sealants is usually recommended for both sets of molars.
The molars are usually the only teeth treated, because they’re the most susceptible to decay due to their large surface area and the natural pits and grooves that help them mash and chew food effectively. However, sealants can also be applied to the premolars if your dentist thinks this is necessary to protect your child's teeth.
Dental sealants usually last between 5-10 years. However, they will not provide perfect protection for this long, as they will usually begin to wear away within a few years. This is why re-applying sealants periodically may be necessary.
At The Little Royals: Dentistry For Kids, Dr. Sal and Dr. Yasi will check your child’s teeth and sealants at each six-month visit to make sure their sealants are in good shape. If they’re wearing away, they may recommend that the sealants be re-applied. This is a quick and simple procedure that simply involves removing the failing sealant and reapplying it to the tooth.
No. Dental sealants are not toxic. This is a common concern among parents, who may be worried that their child will ingest toxic substances as their sealants begin to wear down, but it’s unfounded. The compounds used for dental sealants are non-toxic and are safe for children of all ages.
If you’re interested in the benefits of dental sealants for kids in Jupiter, Abacoa, Palm Beach Gardens, or anywhere else in the area, the team at The Little Royals: Dentistry for Kids is here to help. Contact us online or give us a call at (561) 510-1450 to get the preventive care your child needs for a healthy mouth.