A dental sealant is a protective coating that is place on pits and grooves of permanent chewing teeth (molars) where the toothbrush cannot reach. Dental sealants make the tooth a smoother surface to help prevent food from getting trapped inside the tooth, which will ultimately help prevent cavities from developing. The dental sealants are typically clear or white in color.
Dental sealants typically last between three to five years. At your child’s cleaning appointments, our doctors will evaluate whether your child is a candidate for dental sealants, and will also evaluate whether your child’s dental sealants are still intact. Occasionally, a tooth may need a dental sealant touched up. Most children start receiving dental sealants around the age of 6-7, and another set around the age of 12-13.
10 common questions parents ask the dentist about dental sealants
- Are dental sealants a routine service for kids?
- If my child doesn’t have tooth decay, does she really need dental sealants?
- If my child needs braces, will the braces damage the sealants?
- Does my son/daughter have a predisposition for tooth decay? How do you know?
- Who will be placing the dental sealants (the doctor, hygienist, dental assistant)?
- How many teeth need to have dental sealants on them?
- How long do dental sealants last?
- Are the grooves in the teeth really that deep that regular brushing and mouthwash won’t work?
- What material(s) are dental sealants made of (BPA, etc)?
- If a sealant has to be removed in the future, how will you remove them?
If you’re looking for a pediatric dentist for your child, look no further than Children’s Dental Zone. You can schedule your appointment right here on our website, or if you’d prefer to meet us and “scope out the place” before scheduling your appointment, feel free to drop by our Johns Creek pediatric dental practice at any time.
We would love the opportunity to give you a tour of our office and show you how we can take care of your child.
We look forward to meeting you and the rest of your precious family!