About Dental Sealants for Kids
Even the most diligent tooth-brushing routines can’t always prevent tooth decay and cavities. That’s where Toronto Kids Dental comes in, recommending dental sealants as a protective measure. When done right, these sealants offer complete protection against tooth decay for children between the ages of 6 and 14.
Are you wondering about this dental wizardry? Simply put, dental sealants are a thin protective layer applied to your child’s molars. These sealants act as barriers, preventing bacteria and food particles from causing damage. The result? Prolonged defense against tooth decay and cavities.
At Toronto Kids Dental, we advise getting your child’s new permanent teeth sealed as soon as they appear. During regular check-ups, we’ll monitor tooth growth and suggest dental sealants when suitable. Sometimes, we even propose them for baby teeth, especially if it’ll enhance your child’s long-term dental health.
In essence, dental sealants can lead to fewer unplanned dental visits. And while we cherish every interaction with your little ones, fewer cavity-related visits signify healthier smiles!
Struggling to clean those back teeth? Kids find it even harder! Dental sealants act as a guard, protecting those cavity-prone zones from harmful build-up. An interesting tidbit: children without sealants face up to three times more cavity issues than those with them.
The application of dental sealants is straightforward, fast, and entirely pain-free. The steps include cleaning, drying, painting, and a final dry. Typically, it’s a quick 10-15 minute procedure and can even coincide with a routine dental visit, often without the child realizing it.
CANDIDATES for CHILD DENTAL SEALANTS
Though sealants are commonly used on newly erupted permanent teeth (usually between ages 6-14), there are instances when we suggest them for baby teeth. Suppose a child’s baby teeth are at a higher risk of decay due to genetics or other factors. In that case, sealants can maintain their health, ensuring the proper spacing for permanent teeth later on.
After the procedure, your child can resume regular eating and dental care. We’ll keep an eye on the sealants during regular visits for any signs of wear or damage. Yet, the aftercare remains pretty standard. However, avoiding certain hard or sticky foods can prolong the life of the sealants.
Child dental sealants, endorsed by the Canadian Dental Association, can last nearly a decade with usual wear. We’re committed to monitoring the condition of the sealants and will suggest repairs or replacements when necessary.
The Toronto Kids Dental Difference
With us, a simple dental procedure becomes an enjoyable experience. Our detailed and caring approach ensures that every visit is a pleasant one. Your child will leave feeling comfortable and eager for their next appointment.
Are you interested in cavity protection? Please inquire about our dental sealants for kids. Our team at Toronto Kids Dental is prepared to ensure your child’s dental health in our advanced facility. And for added convenience, we offer direct insurance billing and affordable dental financing through PayBright.
Child Dental Sealants
Frequently Asked Questions
What are dental sealants used for?
Dental sealants protect against oral health issues like tooth decay and cavities by sealing the teeth' chewing surface with a plastic layer.
How long does it take for dental sealants to dry?
After being applied by a dentist, dental sealants dry within a few minutes using a curing light.
What are dental sealants made of?
They're crafted from thermoplastic polymers. Initially in liquid form, they are solidified using a curing light.
How long do dental sealants last?
Though they can last over 5 years, regular check-ups are crucial as they might sometimes come off.
Can adults get dental sealants?
Absolutely! While they're primarily for young individuals, adults can benefit from them too.
How effective are dental sealants?
The Canadian Dental Association recognizes their effectiveness. Within the first 2 years, they offer 80% effectiveness, and about 50% in the subsequent 2 years.