Posts for: February, 2020

By Dr. Steven Abrams, DMD
February 20, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Sealants  

Safeguard your child’s smile from decay with the help of dental sealants.

If you’ve ever wondered if there is a simple way to shield your child’s teeth from cavities, there is. Molars, or back teeth, are often the most challenging to clean, especially for kids. While nothing is as important as making sure that your child is brushing and flossing every day, our Budd Lake, NJ, family dentist Dr. Steven Abrams can also provide your child with dental sealants for additional protection against decay.

What is a dental sealant?

A dental sealant is a thin, transparent or tooth-colored plastic that is painted over the chewing surfaces of your child’s molars to protect the enamel from the harmful effects of plaque. The chewing surfaces have all these ridges and crevices, which make it much easier for food and bacteria to get trapped. Dental sealants can provide your child’s molars with a barrier to prevent decay.

How is a dental sealant placed?

As your family dentist, our goal is to provide your child with gentle, welcoming care every time you come into our dental practice in Budd Lake, NJ. You’ll be overjoyed to hear that placing dental sealants is a simple, non-invasive preventive treatment that can even be done at the same time as your child’s next routine cleaning.

Once teeth are cleaned, a solution is applied to the child’s back teeth to roughen the surface so the sealant sticks to the tooth. Then the solution is rinsed off and the tooth is dried. Then the sealant is painted on the chewing surfaces and hardened into the place with a dental light. The whole process takes a couple of minutes per tooth.

Should my child get dental sealants?

All children can benefit from dental sealants, especially because there are no drawbacks to getting sealants, only additional protection against cavities. Of course, there are some children that despite eating a healthy diet and brushing and flossing regularly are still prone to decay.

Children who are at high risk for decay should absolutely get dental sealants once their first set of molars erupts (usually around the ages of 7 or 8). You will also want to bring them back in for sealants once their second set of molars comes in (around 11 to 12 years old).

Our family dentist Dr. Abrams and his team are proud to provide compassionate dentistry to families living in and around Mount Olive Township and Budd Lake, NJ. If you want to discuss whether dental sealants are right for your child, call our office today at (973) 691-8200 to learn more.