We’ve come up with lots of great ways to protect ourselves and our kids. We have seatbelts, helmets, pads, and a thousand other things to make sure injury doesn’t occur. It turns of dental science has come up with an awesome way to protect our teeth as well: dental sealants.
This is a relief to many moms who are in a constant battle to protect their kids, who often just aren’t good at protecting themselves. Applied to the chewing surfaces of the teeth, namely the premolars and molars, sealants are a plastic material that provides a line of defense against decay and wear.
In the molars and premolars there are many vulnerable crevices that are hard to reach with brushing and flossing. Sealants do a great job of protecting those areas, so that you and your kids can avoid the dentist and costly dental work.
How Does It Work?
Getting sealants isn’t a complicated process. Dr. Larsen simply cleans and prepares the teeth surface and then paints the sealant material onto the enamel, and the sealant then bonds to the tooth and hardens. Once applied, this protection can last years.
Should My Kids Get Sealants?
Yes! In fact, sealants are best for kids. Adults will sometimes get sealants if there is an increased risk of cavities because of grooves or fissures. But sealants are amazing for kids, because kids sometimes have difficulty consistently cleaning molars, and flossing. In fact, lots of kids have trouble remembering to brush at all! Sealants can be a great tool for parents to protect their kids (and their wallet) from dental issues.
Will Anyone Be Able to Notice the Sealant On Me or My Kids’ Teeth?
Depending on the type of sealant used, the appearance can vary, but is usually very subtle. Dental sealants can be clear, white, or have a slight tint. And since they are usually placed in the back of the mouth, they are very hard to notice.