Pediatric Dentistry and Dental Sealants

At Value Dental Centers Chino, preventive treatment is a major focus. Therefore, along with regular dental exams and cleanings, our pediatric dentists offer dental sealants. Sealants will create a barrier over teeth, dramatically reducing the risk of decay. Sealants are primarily intended for children, though many adults can benefit from this treatment, as well. Placing sealants involves no discomfort, and it will not affect the look of your smile. Best of all, results are long lasting, so young patients can enjoy beautiful, healthy smiles well into adulthood.

The Importance of Dental Sealants

When bacteria gather in your child’s mouth, they will feed off of the sugars and starches in food. This process will create acid, which will erode your child’s enamel. As the process continues, the acid will erode the deeper layers of your child’s teeth, and a cavity will eventually form. Sealants will form a barrier, preventing food and bacteria from gathering in between the sharp cusps. It will also provide a second level of protection that will keep bacteria and acid from eroding your child’s dental enamel.

Sealants are doubly important because decay is cyclical. Once your child develops one cavity, he or she is likely to suffer from recurring decay.

Because we believe so strongly in the importance of dental sealants, we proudly offer a FREE SEALANTS PROGRAM for children under the age of 11.

Who Is a Candidate for Dental Sealants?

Pediatric dentists usually place sealants over new adult molars. Therefore, we typically recommend sealants for children around age 6 or 7. It is best to perform the treatment as soon as possible since we cannot place sealants over teeth that already have cavities. Additionally, early treatment can dramatically reduce your child’s risk for initial decay.

Although we like to place sealants on newly erupted teeth, teens and adults may also qualify for sealants. In particular, adults with very deep grooves on their back teeth may benefit from this treatment. The teeth to be treated should be structurally sound with no previous cavities. In a few cases, we may also suggest sealants for children’s baby teeth. For example, if these teeth have deep grooves, or if cavities have developed on nearby teeth, sealants may be appropriate.

Placing Dental Sealants

Before placing sealants, your dentist will clean your pediatric child’s teeth, removing any bacteria, plaque, or tartar. He or she will then coat the teeth in a mild acid solution, which will create tiny grooves in the enamel. This process will not cause any dental discomfort or gum inflammation. Rather, it will simply increase the surface area so there is more material to which the sealant can adhere. Then your dentist will coat the tops of your child’s molars in a liquid plastic, using a curing light to harden the material.

After Receiving Sealants

Sealants are clear, so once the material hardens, it will be completely undetectable. The material can last ten years or more, providing vital protection for your child’s beautiful smile. Of course, thorough dental hygiene is still essential. Your child will likely need guidance as he or she learns proper brushing and flossing techniques. You should also schedule regular cleanings and exams at our office. At these visits, your pediatric dental hygienist will remove the bacteria that cause cavities in the first place. Your dentist will also check your little one’s teeth and the status of his or her sealants. In some cases, we can replace the material if it has started to wear off.

Contact Us to Schedule an Appointment

If your child has not received dental sealants, do not neglect this important aspect of oral health. Contact Value Dental Centers Chino to schedule an appointment.