If your child is at risk for developing cavities and their adult teeth have deep pits and grooves, we may recommend sealants. Sealants help protect some teeth from developing cavities, especially the chewing surfaces of the back molars, where most cavities are found. Sealants are a thin, protective coating, usually made from plastic that is BPA-free, and is applied to the deep pits and grooves of teeth to help “seal out” food and plaque or bacteria that can stick in these crevices and cause cavities. It is a simple, non-invasive procedure that can usually be done in one visit.
There are many factors that can affect the longevity of a sealant but if properly cared for, a sealant can last for many years throughout the most cavity-prone years. A sealant alone cannot prevent cavities. It is still essential to brush, floss, eat a balanced diet, limit snacking and return for routine dental visits to help keep teeth cavity-free.
We know that all children are not alike. Every service we offer at Small to Tall is tailored to your child as an individual. Dr. Michelle and her team will help you decide what is the best way to complete dental treatment for you and your child. Please feel free to ask us any questions you may have about our services.
For more information on these topics, we recommend reading the brochures available at the AAPD here