Dental Sealants in Children

A bright smile and good oral hygiene start early! Cavity prevention is essential to kids’ oral health, and dental sealants are a great way to keep their teeth protected.

Read on to learn more about how sealants can help keep your kid happy and healthy.

What are Sealants?

Dental sealants are placed over the chewing surfaces of the molars. They are an easy and pain-free way to prevent cavities, which are holes that may occur in teeth and lead to pain and infection.

Sealants act as a shield for the tooth’s surface that blocks out food and germs that may cause cavities to form. They can last up to 9-10 years after placement, and can easily be replaced for lifelong protection.

According to the CDC, sealants protect against 80% of cavities for 2 years after application.

When should Children get Sealants?

Asking your dentist is the best way to find out when it is the best time for your child to get their first sealants.

Typically, children get their first sealants between age six or their early teens. As molars continue to erupt, more sealants may be placed on those teeth as well.

Should my Child get Sealants?

Sealants are highly recommended for children to prevent cavities. Cavities can lead to discomfort and a variety of complications down the road, so it’s essential to keep your kid’s teeth protected. Sealants are pain-free and cost less than the price of filling a cavity. If your child has allergies, your dentist will provide more information and recommend the best course of action.

To learn more about sealants for your children, give us a call at (732) 846-7100 to make your appointment. Our professional and kid-friendly team is committed to protecting your child’s smile!

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