"Does my child need sealants?" This is a common question we hear from parents at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry in Yorba Linda, CA. This prophylactic, or preventative, treatment is a great way to help protect your children's teeth from decay, saving you time and money and saving your child discomfort. Dr. Jaclyn Bae answers your questions about sealants here.
What are dental sealants?
Sealants are a protective coating that is applied to teeth to prevent decay. Typically they are placed on the chewing surface of the molars, which have pits and grooves that are difficult to keep clean even with regular brushing. The sealants harden against the teeth after application and protect these grooves from collecting food particles and bacteria that can potentially lead to cavities.
Why do kids need sealants?
Children are understandably less vigilant about brushing, and molars, with their uneven, pitted surfaces, can be difficult to clean. Some kids are more genetically prone to decay, making the need for sealants from your Yorba Linda children's dentist even more important.
Do sealants really work?
The American Dental Association has determined through years of research that sealants provide 80% more protection from cavities than just brushing alone. After four years, they've shown to continue to provide cavity protection by up to 60%.
How long do sealants last?
They typically last a few years depending on how heavily the teeth are being used. Dr. Jaclyn Bae will check on the sealants placed and will recommend if sealants need to be retouched. It is likely that over the years that sealants may need to be reapplied or redone as they do wear away with time.
We at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry in Yorba Linda, CA know that protecting your child's health is at the top of your priority list. Contact our office today to schedule a sealant-application appointment for your child with Dr. Jaclyn Bae!