What is a dental sealant, and how does it protect the smile from decay?

At smiles4children with locations in Catonsville, Ellicott City, and Eldersburg, we can assist your child by applying dental sealants. Dental sealants are a great way to protect a child’s teeth from decay. A dental sealant is a thin protective coating applied to the chewing surfaces of molars to prevent bacteria from penetrating into the deep pits and fissures of the molars. After it has been applied, it will harden into a protective shield that blocks food particles from becoming stuck in the grooves of the teeth, reducing the risk of decay.

What materials are used in a dental sealant?

Dental sealants can be made from various materials, including resins, glass ionomers, and composite materials. The materials used for a child will vary depending on the type of tooth being treated and the amount of protection they require. Our team will discuss what material might be best for a child’s smile.

 How long will a dental sealant last?

Sealants usually last for several years before needing to be reapplied by our dental team at smiles4children. We will evaluate the sealants at each appointment to determine if reapplication is required. For parents with dental insurance benefits for their children, sealants are often covered as preventative care. 

Is my child a good candidate for a dental sealant?

Most children will benefit from the application of a dental sealant to further protect their smile. Our dental team will discuss this during recall visits. Children can keep their teeth healthy with this protective coating.

How do I learn more about dental sealants?

Our team at smiles4children serves patients in and around the Catonsville,  Ellicott City, and Eldersburg communities. 

All our office locations are open to new patients and families seeking the best quality pediatric dental care in the area.

Catonsville (410) 788-4555, Ellicott City (410) 203-2410 Eldersburg (410) 549-1212