Protect Your Child’s Smile with Dental Sealants

Enjoy the protective power of dental sealants with the Pediatric Dental Center in Kentucky.At the Pediatric Dental Center, we are committed to ensuring your child’s smile stays healthy and bright. One of the most effective and affordable ways to prevent tooth decay in children is through the use of dental sealants. These simple yet powerful tools can make a significant difference in your child’s dental health, preventing the need for fillings, crowns, and extractions in the future.

What Are Dental Sealants?

Dental sealants are a safe, plastic material applied to the chewing surfaces of permanent molars. These back teeth have deep grooves and pits that are particularly susceptible to decay. By smoothing out these surfaces, sealants create an even chewing area that is easier to clean and less likely to harbor harmful bacteria. This protective barrier effectively keeps food particles and plaque at bay, significantly reducing the risk of cavities.

Why Are Dental Sealants Good for Kids?

Children often struggle to clean their back molars thoroughly, making these teeth prime targets for cavities. Dental sealants provide an extra layer of protection, making it easier to maintain good oral hygiene. Sealants are especially beneficial for kids who are genetically predisposed to cavities, have diets high in sugary foods, or struggle with maintaining consistent oral health habits.

How Does a Tooth Sealant Work?

Tooth sealants work by filling in the natural grooves and fissures in the teeth where food particles and bacteria tend to accumulate. The application process is quick, and painless, and does not require any numbing medication or alterations to the tooth structure. Once applied, the sealant hardens to form a protective shield over the tooth. With proper care, dental sealants can last anywhere from three to five years, though certain habits like chewing ice or hard candy can shorten their lifespan.

How Long Do Dental Sealants Last?

Sealants are durable but not permanent. They typically last several years before needing to be reapplied. During regular dental check-ups, we will examine the sealants to ensure they are intact and providing optimal protection. We usually replace sealants on the first permanent molars when the second permanent molars come in around age 12.

Do Dental Sealants Really Prevent Cavities in Children?

Yes, dental sealants are highly effective in preventing cavities. Studies have shown that sealants can reduce the risk of decay in molars by nearly 80%. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), children without sealants have almost three times more cavities than those with sealants. Despite their proven benefits, only 43% of children ages 6-11 have sealants, highlighting the need for greater awareness and adoption of this preventive measure.

Schedule Your Child’s Appointment Today

If you are looking for a trusted pediatric dentist near you, look no further than the Pediatric Dental Center. We have convenient office locations in Burlington and Cold Spring, Kentucky, and proudly serve the Northern Kentucky communities of Florence, Hebron, Covington, Erlanger, and Independence.

At the Pediatric Dental Center, we prioritize your child’s long-term dental health and only recommend treatments that will have significant benefits. To schedule a consultation, check-up, or treatment, contact our office today. We look forward to helping your child achieve and maintain a healthy, cavity-free smile!

Contact Us

For more information or to book an appointment, please reach out to us at the Pediatric Dental Center. Let us partner with you to safeguard your child’s dental health with the protective power of dental sealants.

Contact the Pediatric Dental Center for a positive dentist experience!

5495 N Bend Rd Ste 102
Burlington, Kentucky 41005

Phone: 859-334-1248

220 Thomas More Pkwy
Crestview Hills, KY 41017
Phone: 859-341-3012

418 Cross Roads Blvd
Cold Spring, KY 41076
Phone: 859-898-2273