Children’s Dental Sealants for Gilbert, AZ
Young smiles are more vulnerable than adult smiles; they need all the help they can get. That’s why regular dental checkups with our Gilbert dental team are so important. During your child’s checkup with Kidtastic in Gilbert, our knowledgeable and experienced doctors can complete an oral exam and professional cleaning, in addition to recommending any other services that might be of help to him or her.
One service our Gilbert dentists may recommend is dental sealants. Dentists have been using dental sealants since the 1970s to help patients of all ages—but especially children—physically protect their teeth from the damaging effects of demineralization and decay. Dental sealants are easy to administer, and, in many cases, they’re covered by dental insurance companies.
What Are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants are a thin, plastic coating. They work by physically shielding vulnerable teeth from bacteria and decay. They’re initially applied as a liquid by one of our Gilbert doctors and then dried or cured until they have hardened into a thin film. Once finished, dental sealants can last for anywhere between 5 to 10 years. During that time, teeth will be completely protected with an impenetrable barrier, preventing food particles and cavity-causing bacteria from harming them.
The Dental Sealants Process
Getting dental sealants from our Gilbert dental office starts with one of our dentists completing a thorough oral exam. We’ll be looking for teeth that show signs of deep pits or grooves. These can become hiding places for bacteria and food particles, making teeth vulnerable. Often, the teeth that need dental sealants the most are molars and premolars, so we’ll also pay special attention to how they’re doing.
Following an oral exam, our Gilbert general dentist will talk to you about how many of your child’s teeth will need dental sealants. Then, those teeth will be prepped with a special cleaning and etching solution. Following a period of about 15 seconds, the solution will be rinsed off, the surfaces of your child’s teeth will be dried, and the sealant will be applied. A curing light or some other means will be used to dry the sealant into its final state. The entire procedure can be completed in around 10 to 45 minutes and is comfortable for patients.
Caring for Teeth with Dental Sealants
Just because a tooth is protected with a dental sealant doesn’t mean that regular care isn’t required. Regular brushing and flossing are still very important. That’s because sealants are applied only to the chewing surfaces of teeth, leaving plenty of tooth enamel vulnerable to food, bacteria, and plaque. This also means regular six-month checkups are just as important as they would be without dental sealants.
Do you want your child to have extra protection from bacteria and decay? Call Kidtastic in Gilbert today to reserve an appointment with one of our doctors.