If your child has a history of cavities, dental sealants can provide an extra line of defense. At Brody Pediatric Dentistry, Michael Brody, DDS, Dana Storch, DDS, and the team use dental sealants to prevent tooth decay and encourage healthy smiles. To make an appointment for your child at the practice in Aventura or Miami Beach, Florida, call the nearest office to speak with a friendly member of the administrative staff or click the online booking tool.
Dental sealants are thin coatings made of plastic applied to the chewing surfaces of your child’s teeth. They are safe for application anywhere, but they’re especially beneficial for the molars and premolars (the teeth at the back of the mouth).
Following application, the sealant bonds to the cusps and ridges of your child’s teeth. It provides a barrier against harmful bacteria, preventing damage to the tooth enamel. Research suggests sealants are incredibly helpful. One study even found they prevent 80% of tooth decay more than two years following application.
Children are most susceptible to tooth decay between the ages of 6-14. Because of that, the team at Brody Pediatric Dentistry recommends kids get sealants as soon as their permanent teeth start coming in. Your child might also benefit if they're a teenager and they have a history of cavities.
Sometimes, sealants are appropriate for baby teeth. That’s particularly true if your child has deep grooves in their teeth where food particles, saliva, and harmful bacteria can collect.
At Brody Pediatric Dentistry, getting sealants is a multi-step process:
First, your child’s provider conducts an oral exam and thoroughly cleans their teeth. Then, they put cotton or another absorbent material around the teeth to keep them dry.
After preparing the teeth, your child’s provider applies an acidic solution to their tops and sides, roughening up the surfaces. That process allows the sealant to bond firmly to your child’s tooth.
Once the solution rests for several minutes, your child’s provider rinses it off. Then, they use a small brush to apply the sealant to your child’s teeth. After applying the sealant, your child’s provider points a special light at their teeth. The light dries the sealants, firmly bonding them to your child’s teeth.
Sealants last an average of 10 years, but it’s possible to extend their lifespan with good oral hygiene. At each routine checkup, your child’s provider assesses their sealants. If chipping or flaking occurs, they can apply more material as necessary.
To learn more about sealants, make an appointment for your child at Brody Pediatric Dentistry by calling the nearest office to speak with a friendly member of the administrative staff or by clicking the online booking tool today.