Why Your Child's Dentist Is Recommending A Sealant


What do parents want to hear when their child receives an examination at their local family dental clinic? You undoubtedly want to be told that all is well and that your child doesn't have any dental issues that require treatment. Sometimes this is precisely what will happen, but other times your child's teeth might need some extra attention, even if it's something as mild as a cavity. But what does it mean if your child's dentist tells you that a sealant is recommended for your child?

Usually a Precautionary Measure

A recommendation for a dental sealant doesn't necessarily mean that anything is amiss. And even if the recommendation comes in response to a noted problem, it doesn't mean the problem is serious. In most instances, a dental sealant is a precautionary measure. But what is it a precaution against?

Added Layer of Protection

The sealant itself is a wafer-thin medical grade resin, applied to the biting surfaces of teeth (mostly used on posterior teeth such as premolars and molars). It dries immediately and integrates with the surface of the tooth. After drying, it acts as an added layer of protection above your child's naturally occurring dental enamel and helps to prevent cavities.

Effectiveness of Sealants

It's an effective strategy for combating cavities. Studies have shown that a dental sealant can prevent some 80% of cavities for the first two years, with that protection then dropping to approximately 50% for up to four years. Since the application of the sealant is quick with minimal preparation, your child's dentist will simply reapply it as needed, to maintain the highest level of protection. Why does your child specifically need this extra protection?

Why They're Recommended

Sealants can be recommended in cases where the teeth in question may have already experienced cavities or may have cavities in the early stages of formation. As mentioned, it's usually a precautionary measure, and so may have been recommended because your child's dentist thought that your child may be vulnerable to cavities, as evidenced by the state of the biting surfaces on their posterior teeth. It's a standard, and increasingly common form of preventive pediatric dentistry, so don't be concerned if your child's dentist suggests it. 

A dental sealant can be invaluable for protecting children's teeth—both baby and adult teeth. A dental sealant now can help your child to enjoy a high standard of oral health well into adulthood.  

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During pregnancy, expectant mothers have to deal with a host of changes to their bodies. I was surprised to learn that part of those changes is to your dental health. I was not aware that hormonal changes could mean an increased risk of gum infection and other dental problems. Luckily for me, my dentist was prepared to handle any problems that I experienced during my pregnancy. I created this blog to help other expectant mothers understand the changes that their dental health could experience throughout their pregnancies and the possible ramifications those changes could have on their pregnancies and the health of their unborn children.

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