Once your son or daughter have gotten their first permanent back molars, it’s the perfect time to consider dental sealants. Here are the basics:
What are dental sealants?
Dental sealants are like invisible umbrellas for your child’s teeth. They are clear, protective coatings that stick to the grinding tops of their molars, keeping food crumbs, acid and bacteria from piercing tooth enamel.
How effective are they?
Did you know that dental sealants lessen the hazard of molar decay by almost 80%? This is particularly the case when it comes to children, as they tend to be exposed to sugar more often. In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control released a report stating that “school-age children without sealants have almost three times more cavities than children with sealants.”
What is the procedure for getting dental sealants?
First, we will clean and dry your or your child’s teeth. Then Dr. Trent Pryor will dab on an acidic gel, which slightly abrades the teeth so that the sealant will stick to the tooth more durably. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Trent Pryor will apply the sealant onto the chewing surfaces of your son or daughter’s molars. Then he will use a special blue light to strengthen the sealant.
Have you decided to invest in dental sealants for your child? Or perhaps you have more questions. Call us at St. George Kids Dental in St. George, Utah at 435-673-3490. We’re here to protect your child’s smile.