Dental Sealants in Richmond Hill, Ontario
For children who are prone to decay, dental sealants can help to protect against decay. A dental sealant is a thin plastic coating that is applied to the back teeth’s chewing surfaces. Once the sealant is bonded and hardened, it creates a protective barrier that prevents cavity-causing food debris and bacteria from entering into the small grooves and crannies in the teeth.
Placing a dental sealant is a fairly simple procedure and only takes a few minutes to apply per tooth. The dentist first cleans the tooth and prepares it with a special solution. The tooth is dried and a sealant is applied and hardened with a special UV light. This process is repeated for each of the teeth that need to be treated. Your child won’t feel a thing and the procedure is completely pain-free.
Once applied, dental sealants can last for many years with proper care. It’s important to brush and floss daily and to check them whenever your child visits the dentist in case they become worn down. Your dentist will check the sealants for wear and tear and replace them if necessary to keep the teeth protected.
Dental sealants are usually first applied when the child’s permanent teeth begin to erupt, between the ages of 6-7. The other teeth can be sealed when they erupt, usually between the ages of 11-14 years old.
To learn more about dental sealants contact our dentist in Richmond Hill to set up a free consultation.