Tooth coloured and applied to biting surfaces, sealants are a safe and painless way of protecting your child’s teeth from decay. The sealant forms a hard shield that keeps food and bacteria from getting into the tiny grooves in the teeth and causing decay. Sealants are often applied as soon as the permanent teeth start to come through. This is usually between 6 and 7 years of age. The rest are usually sealed as soon as they appear, which can be any time between 11 and 14 years of age.
The process is usually quick and straightforward, taking only a few minutes per tooth. The tooth is thoroughly cleaned, prepared with a special solution, and dried. The liquid sealant is then applied and allowed hardened usually by shining an ultraviolet light onto it. Your child will not feel any pain throughout the treatment.
Sealants usually last for many years, but your dentist will want to check them regularly to make sure that the seal is still intact. They can wear over time, and sometimes the dentist needs to add or replace some sealant to ensure that no decay can start underneath them.
Consult with an Ascent Dental professional about your child’s oral health – book an appointment today!