Dental sealants are a safe and effective way to protect your teeth’s grooved and pitted chewing surfaces from bacteria and an acidic environment. Sealants are typically applied and most effective on the surfaces of the back molars where most cavities develop. Sealants are made of a clear or shaded plastic that is painted onto teeth to decrease the risk of cavities. Although they are safe and protect teeth, they do not guarantee that your child will not get a cavity.
Applying Dental Sealants
The dental sealant application is quick, easy, and done in one appointment. Your child’s dentist will clean and condition the tooth, then dry it completely before applying the sealant. Next, your dentist will apply the sealant material and it will flow into the pits and grooves on your tooth’s chewing surface. The sealant is then dried and hardened by a special light. The application process is completed before your child leaves the dentist office and will be able to eat right after the appointment!
How Helpful are Dental Sealants for Kids?
Dental sealants are helpful in protecting your child’s teeth from the pressures of biting and chewing, as well as helping ward off bacteria that can cause cavities. Even though sealants do not eliminate the risk of cavities, they can reduce the risk of cavities up to 80% in the first year. Dental sealants can last around 3 years, but some dentists find them still intact in adults.
Dental Sealant FAQs
Are Sealants Covered by Insurance?
Yes! Dental sealants are covered by most insurance companies as “preventive care.” Sometimes, coverage may vary. Check with your insurance company to see if they have age limitations or coverage only for specific teeth. Your child’s dentist office can help guide you on what to expect from your insurance company.
Do Sealants Need to be Reapplied?
Sometimes sealants do need to be reapplied. At each visit, your child’s dentist will check their sealants and determine whether or not they need to be reapplied or possibly repaired. At Dentistry for Children Maryland, we guarantee our sealants for 3 years. If the sealant needs to be reapplied within those 3 years, we will do so at no charge.
Should My Child Continue to Brush and Floss After the Dentist Applies Sealants?
After a sealant application, continue to take care of your smile as you did before. The best way to lower your risk of cavities is to practice good oral hygiene at home with good habits and a dental health regimen. Schedule regular cleanings twice a year and maintain a balanced, nutritious diet.