Can Sealants Help My Child?

By George L. Landress, D.D.S., M.A.G.D.
February 07, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Nearly a quarter of children between the ages of two and five have had cavities in their primary teeth, and three out of five children ages sealants12-19 had them in their permanent teeth according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A dental sealant treatment can help you help your child avoid dental cavities. Find out more about this preventative treatment for young people, which is available at Danbury Smiles in Danbury, CT.

What Are Sealants?
A dental sealant is a special resin-based substance that is painted on the top of the teeth to guard against cavities. When it hardens, it forms a barrier over the pits and fissures of each molar so that food and bacteria can't affect the enamel. It is most often used to treat children because they are the most likely to get multiple cavities.

How They Can Help Your Child
Children tend to love foods and snacks that are filled with sugar, including soft drinks, cereals, and candy. But unfortunately, they don’t particularly love brushing their teeth. When they do brush their teeth, they don't always do a thorough job. Dental sealants reduce the chance that children will form cavities, even when they neglect good dental hygiene. The sealant also hardens teeth that are still developing. However, keep in mind that a sealant should not be a replacement for a child brushing his or her teeth twice per day.

Applying Sealants
A dental sealant treatment is a very straightforward and simple appointment that should only take a few minutes at your Danbury, CT dentist office. You child has nothing to be afraid of, as it is also a pain-free procedure. The dentist will first clean each tooth carefully to make sure that they are free of any particles. An etching solution is applied with a brush followed by the liquid sealant material. Finally, a curing light hardens the sealant, bonding it firmly to the enamel. 

Have Your Child Treated
If your child has had cavities in the past or you're concerned about future cavities, dental sealants can relieve your worries. Call (203) 743-7608 today to schedule a dentist appointment with Dr. George Landress at Danbury Smiles in Danbury, CT.