Dental sealants are ultra-thin, clear coatings that are used to protect molars and prevent cavities. They can be utilized by kids and adults alike, and they are so thin and discreet that patients often forget that they even have them! Interested in learning more about dental sealants or our other preventive services? Please get in touch with our friendly front office team.
When should kids get dental sealants?
Ideally, kids should have dental sealants placed when their first set of permanent molars grow in, which happens around age six. The second set typically erupts when a child is around 12, and another set of sealants can be placed over these teeth as well. The earlier a child can receive dental sealants, the longer their teeth are protected from harmful bacteria and tooth decay. Sealants usually last between 7 and 10 years before they need to be replaced, at which time we would be happy to remove and replace your child’s sealants with a fresh set.
What are the benefits of dental sealants?
Dental sealants are a very cost-effective preventive treatment, as they are relatively inexpensive and last for many years. Getting sealants placed is also a quick and comfortable treatment; many patients have sealants placed directly after they get their teeth cleaned, and it doesn’t add much time to their appointments. Finally, the main benefit of dental sealants is that they are a great way to protect your smile from tooth decay in addition to regular brushing and flossing, and once the treatment is complete, you don’t even have to think about them!
Are dental sealants safe?
Patients sometimes worry about the safety of dental sealants due to the possible presence of BPA. At Paris Mountain Dental, patient safety is our top priority, and we never recommend treatments that we do not believe will be safe and effective for our patients. In general, people tend to come in contact with higher amounts of BPA when they drink out of plastic water bottles or handle paper receipts. Any potential negative effects of dental sealants are far outweighed by the many benefits that they provide for patients.