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Preventive Sealants

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What Are Preventive Sealants?

Dental sealants are thin coatings that are applied to the biting surface of a child’s molars in order to prevent decay. With a small brush, a dental sealant, a thin clear or white resin liquid, is applied to a child’s molars. The liquid sealant bonds to the tooth using a small brush. It dries with a blue LED light, leaving a hard layer.

The American Dental Association (ADA) states that a sealant protective layer can reduce your child’s chance of developing cavities by 80%. Because it’s not painful, and non-invasive, it doesn’t require anesthesia or numbing agents.

Dental sealants are safe for your child and pose a little risk while they are in place. Sealants simply bond to the tooth and do not penetrate the tooth like a filling. Sealants are a non-invasive method to protect your child’s teeth from cavities.

Sealants are made from a medical-grade resin. Sealant material has a runny texture and can be applied with a small brush to the teeth and will easily flow into any micro-grooves or crevices. There has been concern over BPA in sealants in the past, but modern sealant materials have no BPA.

How do Preventive Sealants Work?

Dental sealants protect the chewing surfaces of back teeth from food and germs. Sealants protect teeth against cavities by sealing out bacteria, food, or other cavity-causing substances.

Why Do I Need Preventative Sealants,
If My Child Gets Fluoride Treatments?

Many parents believe that dental sealants are not as effective as fluoride treatments. This is false. While fluoride treatments are essential for protecting your child’s teeth, they work best when combined with dental sealants.

An ADA study comparing children who received only fluoride to those who received both dental sealants and fluoride treatments showed that children who received both were 73% less likely later to develop cavities. Fluoride is used to strengthen and remineralize all enamel surfaces. However, dental sealants alter the anatomy of teeth and make it less likely that food particles and plaque will remain in the grooves.

How Long Do Dental Sealants Last?

Sealants for children are made to protect the teeth of your child for at least 3-5 years. If they’re properly maintained, they can last up to 10 years. They can be repaired quickly and easily if they become damaged.

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Blue Coral Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics
690 N IL Route 31
Suite D
Crystal Lake, IL 60012
Buffalo Grove
195 N Arlington Heights Rd
Suite 150
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
1521 Waukegan Rd
Glenview, IL 60025
Park Ridge
950 N Northwest Highway
Suite 102
Park Ridge, IL 60068
3500 N. Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60657