Children are afflicted with cavities all the time. They not only cause your child pain and discomfort, but they can be expensive to repair as well. To repair cavities and prevent tooth decay, here at New Roc Dental, PC, we offer pediatric sealants as one of your child's treatment options.
What are Dental Sealants for Kids?
Dental sealants for children are a plastic coating that our New Rochelle, NY dentist, Dr. Ovral Wynter, DDS, places on their back teeth like premolars and molars. She paints a thin layer on the chewing surfaces of your little one's teeth to bond it to their teeth's depressions and grooves. This works like a shield and keeps plaque and food from getting in the different recesses of your child's teeth.
How Pediatric Sealants are Used
Your child typically gets their first set of molars between the ages of 5 and 7 and their second set by the time they are 14 years of age. As soon as your child gets their first set of molars is the best time to add pediatric dental sealants to make sure they are protected early on.
Dental sealants for children are a simple and painless procedure. Dr. Wynter spends a couple minutes on each tooth that requires sealing. First, she applies an adhesive to their teeth. Then she paints the sealant liquid over the adhesive. As pediatric sealants harden they create a barrier between your child's tooth and any food particles, plaque, and bacteria. Dental sealants last for around 10 years and if necessary, they can be reapplied.
If your child's molars are starting to come in or if they are causing them trouble, contact our office at 914-235-8065 to set up an appointment for Dr. Wynter to discuss sealants with you to see if they are a good option for your child.