By James Pechloff, DDS
May 03, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Sealants  

Protect your child’s molars from cavities with dental sealants.

The best way to protect your little one’s teeth from cavities is to make sure they are brushing and flossing regularly. Of course, despite Child sealantsbrushing regularly it can be difficult to clean those grooves on the chewing surfaces of their back teeth (also known as molars). As a result, these chewing surfaces are more at risk for developing cavities. One way our Wauwatosa, WI, dentist Dr. James Pechloff can protect your child’s smile from cavities is by placing sealants on their molars.

What are dental sealants and how do they work?

Sealants are thin, plastic coatings that are applied over the chewing surfaces of back teeth to seal out food and bacteria that can easily get trapped in these ridges and grooves of these teeth. These coatings are clear or tooth-colored so they aren’t visible when you smile.

When should my child get sealants?

Not only can children benefit from sealants, but also teens and adults who are at an increased risk for developing cavities. It’s never too late to talk to your Wauwatosa, WI, family dentist about whether you could benefit from sealants. Of course, the earlier sealants are applied the better.

Your child’s first set of molars will usually come in around the age of 6 and their second set of molars will come in anywhere from 11-12 years old. At around six years old you’ll want to ask your family dentist whether or not it’s time to place sealants. Getting sealants is quick, easy and completely non-invasive. Plus, getting sealants could actually save you time and money in the long run because it could prevent the need for a dental filling in the future.

How are sealants placed?

Once our family dentist has cleaned your child’s teeth and dried the molars we will apply an acidic solution over the chewing surfaces. This solution is designed to roughen the surface of the tooth so the sealant sticks to the tooth. Once the solution is rinsed off and the tooth is dried, we will then paint the plastic coating over the tooth. Then a special light will harden the sealant in place.

Have your child’s back teeth just started to come in? If so, it’s the perfect time to call our Wauwatosa, WI, dental office to let us know that you want your child to get sealants. We can easily place them during your child’s next cleaning.