Benefits of Dental Sealants for Your Child

Benefits of Dental Sealants for Your Child

Does your child require dental sealants? Your dentist in Nashua may recommend dental sealants for your child as a preventive measure against cavities and decay.

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The procedure is a simple, short, and painless one and can be completed in a single visit.

Dental sealants last anywhere from 4 to 8 years and can be applied on baby teeth, milk teeth as well as permanent teeth. Dental sealants tend to be used on back teeth or molars as they are more likely to have trapped food particles or debris. However, they may be used on other teeth, too, depending on your child’s requirement.

Some children have natural grooves and pits on the back teeth, which makes those teeth more vulnerable to acid-producing bacteria and subsequent decay. Even if your child cleans their teeth extremely well, certain parts of the back teeth may not be easily accessible – This is where dental sealants come in handy.

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They are made of safe plastic and painted onto the back teeth, and once they harden, they form a protective barrier around the tooth. Dental sealants are commonly applied on the first molars (which develop at roughly six years of age) and second molars (which develop at approximately twelve years of age).

At times, our pediatric dentist at Merrimack Valley Dental Care may recommend dental sealant for your infant, especially the first teeth have deep pits or grooves.

Step-By-Step Dental Sealant Procedure

  • The dentist or hygienist will first clean your child’s teeth of debris and food particles.
  • They will then apply a special gel and wash it off with water. This gel helps prepare the tooth surface for dental sealants.
  • The teeth are then dried, and the dentist will apply dental sealant paint on each tooth. This will only take a few seconds.
  • The sealant may be hardened using a special light and or may set on its own.

Call or email Merrimack Valley Dental Care in Nashua to learn more about our pediatric dental care options.

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