A winter coat protects you from cold temperatures; a raincoat from a downpour. Dental sealants are like coats, protecting your child’s teeth from harsh elements and decay. Here’s how.
Sealants protect the grooved and pitted surfaces of the teeth from bacteria and an acidic environment. They are especially effective on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth where most cavities in children are found. Sealants are made of a clear or shaded plastic and are applied to the teeth to help keep them cavity-free. They do not guarantee that your child will not get a cavity.
The application of a sealant is quick and comfortable. The tooth is first cleaned and then conditioned and dried. The sealant material is then flowed into the pits and grooves of the tooth and hardened by a special light. Your child will be able to eat right after the appointment.
Your pediatric dentist will check the sealants during routine dental visits and recommend re-application or repair when necessary.
Are sealants covered by insurance?
Yes, most insurance companies cover dental sealants under preventative care, but coverage may vary. Some companies only cover sealants on specific teeth and have age limitations. Talk to your pediatric dentist and your insurance company about the exact cost of sealants and coverage.
Do sealants need to be reapplied?
Sometimes, but your pediatric dentist will check sealants at your child’s regular visits and let you know if a sealant needs to be reapplied or repaired. We guarantee our sealants for three years and will replace at no charge within the three years if reapplication is needed.
Should my child continue to brush and floss after the dentist applies sealants?
Absolutely! Sealants only provide one layer of protection. The best way to protect your child’s teeth is to practice good dental hygiene at home. Make sure your child is brushing, flossing and rinsing with a fluoride mouthwash. Schedule dental cleanings every 6 months and offer your child healthy snacks and a balanced, nutritious diet.