By James F. Pechloff, DDS
February 09, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Sealants  

Find out how simple preventive treatment could preserve your child’s healthy smile.

It’s surprising that about 33 percent of children deal with dental decay by the time they start school. While decay can easily be prevented through proper brushing and flossing habits, children and adults alike still suffer from this dental issue. However, there are Sealantsother ways to make sure that your child’s smile is safeguarded against decay. Your Wauwatosa dentist recommends that all children get sealants to protect their healthy growing smiles.

What are sealants?

A sealant is made up of thin plastic resin that is directly applied to the chewing surfaces of teeth, most often the molars, for protection.

How do sealants protect teeth?

This plastic bonds instantly to the back teeth to provide an additional barrier of protection against decay. This is especially important for children, who may find it difficult to get into those hard-to-reach spots in the back of their smile. Even if your child does brush every day it can still be hard to get all the nooks and crannies on and around their molars. Therefore, sealants create another layer to prevent cavities and protect the enamel from acid erosion.

What does getting sealants entail?

This procedure is painless, non-invasive and won’t require anesthesia. Your Wauwatosa dentist will simply paint on the sealant, which will instantly bond with the tooth and harden. That’s all there is to it!

How long do sealants last?

Since sealants are designed to hold up under the heavy forces of chewing, they will last a few years; however, to make sure that the sealant is still working, your child will want to visit the dentist routinely so we can check the condition of their sealants and reapply them if needed.

Who should get sealants?

Your Wauwatosa dentist highly recommends that children get dental sealants. When you child comes in for routine care we will discuss when a good time might be to get them. We also recommend sealants for teens, as well.

If you want to find out more about sealants or if it’s time to schedule your child’s next appointment, call your Wauwatosa dentist, Dr. James Pechloff, DDS today! Let’s give your child the added security they need to maintain a cavity-free smile.