Skip to main content

Sealants: Why Every Child Should get Them

Childhood cavities are incredibly common. In fact, more than 50% of children ages 6-8 have had at least one cavity in their baby (primary) teeth. Younger children are especially vulnerable to developing tooth decay, because they’re still learning how to brush and floss properly.

However, just because catities are common in children doesn’t mean nothing can be done about it. Dental sealants can help protect a child’s teeth from cavities.

At Oasis Pediatric Dental Care & Orthodontics in Falls Church, Virginia, Nathalie Phaeton, DDS, and Ki Youn Kil, DDS, offer pediatric dentistry services for children and adolescents. In this blog, they talk about what dental sealants are and how they can help keep tooth decay at bay.

The basics of dental sealants

Dental sealants are protective coatings that are put on the chewing surfaces of molars to help keep out bacteria. Furthermore, sealants fill in the grooves of the molars, creating a flat surface, which can make it easier for children to brush their back teeth.

Sealants consist of a liquid resin, which is painted onto the teeth, which then dries and hardens to create a durable and lasting coat. Sealants can last for several years, and they have proven to be effective in lowering the risk of tooth decay.

Sealants are typically recommended for permanent teeth, but our team may recommend them if your child’s baby teeth have deep grooves and uneven surfaces, or if they have an increased risk of developing cavities.

The procedure is noninvasive, anesthesia is not needed, and the sealants are applied during a routine office visit. Before recommending sealants, our dentists perform a thorough dental exam and cleaning.

Lowering your child’s risk for cavities and other oral health issues

It’s never too early to focus on your child’s oral health and wellness. Our dentists recommend scheduling your child’s first dental appointment around six months after their first tooth erupts or by their first birthday.

Like adults, children need a good oral hygiene routine and regular dental care to prevent the development of cavities, gum disease, and other oral health issues. In addition to brushing and flossing every day and eating a healthy diet, children should see a dentist every six months for a dental exam and professional cleaning.

If it’s been more than six months since your child’s last dental exam, schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Our team can clean your child’s teeth, monitor any potential issues, and discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

To learn more about dental sealants or the other pediatric dentistry services we offer, call 703-483-9933 or book an appointment online with Oasis Pediatric Dental Care & Orthodontics.

You Might Also Enjoy...

Knocked-Out Baby Tooth: Is it a Dental Emergency?

Baby teeth are temporary, so does it matter when a baby tooth is knocked out? Here’s what you need to know about when a knocked-out baby tooth requires dental treatment, and if it’s a dental emergency.
5 Unexpected Benefits of Dental Sealants

5 Unexpected Benefits of Dental Sealants

Dental sealants can be a valuable tool in protecting your children’s teeth from cavities. Here’s what you need to know about how they work, and the benefits of investing in sealants for your children.
Bruxism in Children: What to Look for and How to Treat It

Bruxism in Children: What to Look for and How to Treat It

Many children grind their teeth while they sleep, which is also known as bruxism. Bruxism can cause a number of symptoms and potentially cause damage to your child’s teeth. Here’s what you need to know about the symptoms and treatment options.

5 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Child's Cavity Risk

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. Children are especially vulnerable to developing cavities. Here are a few tips and tricks to improve your child’s oral health and reduce their cavity risk.
4 Ways to Start Taking Care of Your Baby's Oral Health

4 Ways to Start Taking Care of Your Baby's Oral Health

It’s never too early to prioritize and focus on your baby’s oral health. Here’s what you need to know about when to take your baby to the dentist for the first time, and how to take care of their oral health as they get older.