As part of your child’s preventive treatment plan, Dr. Derrick Cantu or Dr. Christi Wengler will provide them with dental sealants. This simple treatment will reduce their risk of cavities and help your child maintain a healthy smile as they continue to grow and develop.
What Are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants are a type of preventive treatment used to block decay-causing bacteria and plaque. They consist of a thin resin film which is painted onto the chewing surfaces of the molars and premolars. Once applied, the sealant forms a shield over the tooth, working to prevent cavities and helping to make regular brushing and flossing more effective.
Sealants can be applied in just a few minutes as part of your child’s regular dental cleanings or exams. Our pediatric dentists will first clean the surface of the tooth and rinse it to remove all traces of the cleaning agent. A etching solution is applied to your child’s tooth enamel to prepare it, and is rinsed away after about 15 seconds. The teeth are then dried, and the sealant material applied and hardened with a special light. Applying sealants is completely comfortable.
When Are Dental Sealants Provided?
Sealants are typically provided when the permanent molars erupt. This occurs between the ages of 6 and 12. As soon as these teeth have emerged our pediatric dentists can apply a sealant to your child’s teeth to help keep their smile healthy.
Why Should Children Receive Sealants
There are many reasons why children should receive dental sealants. These include:
- Children are at greater risk of developing cavities, and sealants reduce the risk of decay by nearly 80%.
- Sealants are a long-lasting preventive treatment. Sealants should last at least five years but can last up to 10 years.
- Sealants can even be placed over cavities in the early stages of development to prevent further damage.
- The smooth coating sealants form over the teeth help make regular brushing and flossing at home more successful in keeping your child’s teeth clean.
Make An Appointment
For more information about dental sealants in San Antonio, Texas, and to schedule an appointment with our pediatric dentists, contact Pediatric Dentistry of San Antonio at 210-680-7841.