Houston Dental Sealants for Kids

Reasons to Consider Dental Sealants in Houston

Long-Lasting Protection Against Tooth Decay

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Dental sealants consist of a special dental resin, which is applied directly to rear teeth to protect them from decay.

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Sealants are an effective way to help prevent decay in cavity-prone children and teens from our Houston office.

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This preventive treatment is often covered as part of dental insurance benefits.

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Dr. Brock can quickly apply sealants as part of your child’s six-month cleaning and oral exam at Big Picture Pediatric Dentistry.

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What Are Dental Sealants?

Dental sealants are a preventive dental treatment intended to help your child avoid tooth decay, particularly in their back teeth (molars and premolars). The treatment consists of a special type of clear dental resin. This resin is painted onto the rear teeth after a cleaning, then hardened in place using a UV light. Once the resin hardens, it creates a transparent, strong barrier that prevents bacteria, acid, and food debris from contacting your child’s teeth. 

In turn, this prevents the formation of cavities. Sealants are primarily used on the rear teeth because these are more vulnerable to decay due to their deeper pits, crevices, and larger surface area.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Sealants?

  • Sealants are an affordable preventive treatment and are typically covered under dental insurance.
  • This resin barrier is meant to last for a very long time, though their durability will depend on a patient’s level of oral hygiene.
  • Dental sealants prevent cavities from forming and protect your child’s teeth.
  • Preventing decay will keep your child’s teeth healthy and help you avoid the expense of fillings and other restorative treatment.

What Can I Expect From The Dental Sealant Process?

Dental sealants are administered after a teeth cleaning to ensure that any bacteria, food particles, and other debris are removed from your child’s teeth before treatment. The process of applying a dental sealant is fast and non-invasive, so it’s appropriate for children of every age.

First, your child’s tooth will be dried. The resin is then directly applied to your child’s tooth enamel and Dr. Brock will use a UV light to cure the sealant and bond it to the tooth. This process is repeated for each tooth that requires dental sealants. If you have further questions, contact our Houston pediatric dental team today and we'll be happy to help.

At What Age Are Dental Sealants Most Effective?

Dental sealants are most effective when applied soon after your child’s permanent molars come in. Your child’s first set of permanent molars come in at around age 6 and then their second permanent molars come in at around age 12.

Applying dental sealants soon after both of these molars come in offers the highest protection against cavities. Children ages 6-11 without dental sealants are significantly more likely to get cavities in these molars because they are harder to clean.

There are certain cases in which a dentist may recommend that dental sealants also be applied to a child's baby molars, though it is less common. This may be warranted in cases where a child's baby molars have a significant amount of grooves in them.
A large number of pits on the molars make cavities more likely. Applying dental sealants to these baby molars at our Houston office will reduce plaque buildup and oral health problems even though they will eventually fall out naturally.

How Long Do Sealants Last on Teeth?

Dental sealants last for an average of 2-7 years. With proper oral care, they can last for much longer than this. However, dental sealants are prone to failing or breaking over time, which is why many dentists recommend having them reapplied every 2-4 years.
While sealants’ effectiveness decrease over time and they succumb to wear and tear, they offer additional protection for your teeth against cavities for many years.

To ensure that your child’s dental sealants are still intact, make sure that you visit the dentist every 6 months for regular cleanings and checkups. Dr. Jason Brock in Houston will examine all of the teeth, including the dental sealants, to check that they have not become damaged or worn down. 

This is important to look out for because worn down dental sealants pose a risk of trapping bacteria underneath the sealant, which can lead to decay.

Are sealants good for children's teeth

For the first 2 years after receiving dental sealants, you are protected against 80% of cavities. Within four years, you are still protected against 50% of cavities. This is excellent news for children who are prone to tooth decay.

Given that children of the same age without dental sealants are three times as likely to have cavities than those with dental sealants, they are an innovation in preventative dentistry worth investing in.

The procedure is painless, simple, cost-effective, and well-tolerated by children. Children who receive dental sealants are less likely to develop cavities which can lead to more extensive and expensive dental work later on. Children who maintain good oral health are less likely to miss school.

As dental sealants can last for a significantly long time with proper oral hygiene, can be easily reapplied, and are not a big investment, it is much more beneficial to have dental sealants applied to your child’s permanent molars than it is to have no protection at all. 

Contact us or schedule an appointment at Big Picture Pediatric Dentistry to give your child better protection against cavities today!

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