Benefits of Dental Sealants for Your Child

Benefits of Dental Sealants for Your Child

Feb 15, 2019

It can take kids a while before they get the hand of brushing and flossing. Large back teeth like the molars and pre-molars provide a fertile breeding ground for bacteria and are tough to keep thoroughly clean. However, your dentist at Anchorage Dental Arts, LLC in Anchorage offers a solution. Dental sealants do exactly what their name implies. They seal the teeth away from exposure to decay-causing bacteria. By preventing bacteria from damaging enamel, your child will enjoy dental sealant’s big benefit—no cavities.

Dental sealants are made of a thin, tough plastic liquid that’s painted onto the teeth, especially the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. The sealant liquid fills in the many nooks and crannies on the tooth’s surface, making sure the teeth are well-protected, filling in the fissures and grooves that are found on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth.

Why Get Dental Sealants for your Child?

Dental sealants prevent cavities. That’s the number one benefit from getting sealants. The best candidates for dental sealants are school-aged children and teens, although baby teeth can also benefit from dental sealants. Adults who haven’t had fillings in their molars and lacked any decay may also have sealants.

Getting dental sealants from Anchorage Dental Arts, LLC in Anchorage is a simple process.

  • The targeted teeth are cleaned and disinfected, then dried.
  • A weak acidic solution is applied onto the chewing surfaces of the targeted teeth to give them a slightly roughened texture. This helps the bonding solution adhere.
  • The teeth are rinsed, then dried.
  • The liquid plastic dental sealant is painted onto each tooth.
  • Some dental sealants require a special light to harden off and cure the sealant.

How Long Will My Child’s Sealants Last?

Sealants can last for 10 years. However, when you visit us at Anchorage Dental Arts, LLC in Anchorage for your child’s yearly exam, we’ll check on their condition then. Chewing on hard substances like ice or hard candy wears away dental sealants and can chip them. It’s possible to get the work areas recovered and touched up.

Will Insurance Cover the Cost of my Child’s Sealants?

Insurance generally covers the costs of dental sealants for people under age 18.