Dental Sealants at Our NYC Pediatric Dental Office
At our Battery Park pediatric dental office, our dentists know that prevention is the best defense against tooth decay, and dental sealants are one of the most powerful treatments available to prevent tooth decay. Further, because your child's general health is important to us here at iSmile Kids, we use only BPA-free sealants in our practice.
What Are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants are extremely thin coatings that are painted onto the chewing surfaces of the teeth. As the sealant dries, it bonds into the nooks and crannies of the teeth to create a protective shield over the dental enamel. This shield prevents food particles from getting into the tooth surface and, therefore, prevents tooth decay.
Where Are Dental Sealants Applied?
Dental sealants are primarily applied to the back teeth, as these teeth do most of the chewing. Even with thorough brushing and flossing, tiny particles of food can be left in these back teeth, making them especially vulnerable to cavities.
How Are Dental Sealants Applied to the Teeth?
Sealant application is quick and painless. First, the tooth is cleaned, and then a gel is applied. The gel is rinsed off, the tooth is dried and the sealant is painted on. It takes about 20 seconds for the sealant to harden, forming a protective shield over the tooth.
What Color are Dental Sealants? Can My Child Feel Them?
Most dental sealants are clear or white. They can be seen if one looks closely, but are usually invisible to others. Dental sealants are extremely thin, so your child will become used to their presence quickly. They can be felt with the tip of the tongue, but your child will not be able to peel them off.
How Long Do Dental Sealants Last?
Dental sealants can last up to 10 years. Sealants can, however, become cracked or broken by chewing gum, sticky candy or ice. Grinding the teeth during sleep can also wear down or fracture sealants. Rest assured that, if Dr. Kherani has applied dental sealants, she will confirm their viability each time your child comes in for a dental exam or treatment.
Does My Child Still Need Fluoride If He Has Dental Sealants?
Fluoride and sealants work together to prevent tooth decay. Remember, sealants are applied to the back te`eth. This leaves the front teeth vulnerable, giving you even more reasons to supervise your child's brushing habits until you know for certain that he or she knows how to thoroughly brush his/her teeth to avoid cavities!