According to the American Dental Association, dental sealants have been proven to reduce the risk of tooth decay by nearly 80% in molars. They’re especially useful for children, since the earlier the protective sealants are placed, the sooner the protection against cavities begins. At Happy Smile Pediatric Dentistry in Midtown, New York, New York, Dr. Sarah Kim and Dr. Julie Cernigliaro have been successfully providing dental sealants for many years. They believe in this efficient method of cavity prevention for children. Call or book an appointment online to find out more and visit the New York office.

Sealants Q & A

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What are dental sealants?

Dental sealants are layers of thin plastic that Dr. Kim and Dr. Cernigliaro apply to the outside chewing surface of teeth. It’s a useful preventive measure that acts as a barrier to stop cavities from forming, as the material seals out plaque and acids before they can create a cavity.

The sealants act as a protective coat to stop food particles from becoming lodged in the teeth and converted to acid by cavity-causing bacteria. The acid is detrimental to your child’s dental health, and the sealants stop the acid at its source.

They work particularly well for molar teeth, which are at the back of the mouth and are more prone to cavities since they’re harder to reach during regular brushing and flossing at home.

How are dental sealants applied?

First, Dr. Kim or Dr. Cernigliaro clean, dry, and place an acidic gel over your child’s tooth. The gel allows a stronger bond to form between the tooth and the sealant. After a few seconds, they rinse the gel off and dry the tooth.

The liquid plastic material is then applied into the grooves on the chewing surface of the tooth, and a special blue light is used to harden the sealant to complete the process.

What are the benefits of dental sealants?

Applying dental sealants is a painless, quick procedure that only takes a few minutes. It could also save you money by preventing costly dental health complications for you and your child in the future.

Children and teenagers are often the best candidates for dental sealants, since the earlier you can place this protective sealant on the surface of the tooth, the sooner you can protect against cavities.

The sealants can hold up against the force of normal chewing, and they’re safe and cost-effective. If your child cares for them, they can last for several years. Encourage your child to keep their dental sealants clean with normal, frequent brushing and flossing.

Opt for extra dental protection for your child, and give them the best chance for good dental health. Call or book online to make your child’s appointment with the Happy Smile Dentistry team.

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