Protect your child’s back teeth from cavities with this simple preventive treatment.
All you have to do is take a look at the chewing surfaces of your back teeth and you’ll be able to see the many grooves and ridges where food and bacteria can easily get trapped. So it’s no surprise that these chewing surfaces are particularly prone to developing cavities. Therefore, one of the best approaches our Prairie Village, KS, family dentist Dr. Terry Linneman can take is to place dental sealants over your child’s back teeth once they come in.
What is a dental sealant?
Just as the name implies, a sealant is designed to seal out tooth decay from developing on the chewing surfaces of your child’s molars, or back teeth. A sealant is a clear plastic coating that adheres to the teeth to keep bacteria from getting into those little nooks and crannies of your child’s molars.
Once your child’s first molars erupt (usually by the age of 6) they should get sealants. Your child will need to get them again around the age of 14 when their second set of molars comes in.
What goes into getting dental sealants?
This is a very straightforward, simple and painless procedure. Here’s what goes into getting dental sealants:
- We will first clean your child’s teeth and dry them
- We will then place a solution over the chewing surface of your child’s molars to roughen the surface so the sealant sticks to the tooth
- The solution is removed and the tooth is dried
- We will then paint the molars with a dental sealant
- Lastly, we will direct a dental light over the tooth to harden the sealant permanently
How long do dental sealants last?
The longevity of your child’s sealants really depends on your child and how well they care and maintain good oral hygiene. Keeping your child’s teeth clean by brushing and flossing every day is key. Your child should also visit our Prairie Village, KS, dentist twice a year for cleanings so we can check the dental sealants. Sealants can last up to a year.
If you want to get dental sealants for your child then it’s time to call Prairie Village Dental Care to book your child’s next appointment. Our Prairie Village, KS, general dentist Dr. Terry Linneman can even place dental sealants during your child’s next cleaning. Just let us know!