At Dental Design Studio, safeguarding your child’s precious smile is our priority. During your child’s visit to our office, our dentist may recommend a simple yet effective treatment: dental sealants. Understanding this procedure and its benefits is crucial for ensuring your child’s optimal oral health.

Why Get Sealants?

Dental sealants play a pivotal role in preventing tooth decay, particularly on the back teeth, where decay is most prevalent. While commonly recommended for children and teenagers, adults can also benefit from sealants.

The back teeth, or molars, pose a challenge for maintaining proper hygiene due to their location. Sealants offer exceptional protection by preventing up to 80% of decay within the first two years and continuing to provide significant protection for up to four years. Children without sealants are over three times more likely to develop tooth decay compared to those with sealants.

When Should You Get Them?

Your child’s first molars typically emerge around age 6, followed by the second set around age 12. It’s crucial to discuss with our dentist the optimal strategy for preserving your child’s molars’ health. Sealants are most effective when applied soon after the molars erupt, and regular dental examinations will determine the ideal timing for sealant application.

What Should I Expect?

Sealants are a straightforward and painless treatment performed in our office. After thoroughly cleaning your child’s teeth, we apply a special gel followed by the sealant. A quick application of a small blue light hardens the sealant within moments, ensuring durable protection.

What Concerns Should I Have?

Rest assured, dental sealants are safe, with extremely rare allergic reactions. However, if your child has any allergies, it’s essential to discuss them with our dentist to determine the best course of action.

Next Steps

Sealants provide long-lasting protection but require regular monitoring. We recommend scheduling routine visits to our office so our dentist can assess the sealants’ condition and your child’s oral health. If you’re unsure whether your child’s sealants need reapplication, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with us for further evaluation.

For additional tips on maintaining healthy teeth and inquiries about dental sealants, contact Dental Design Studio today. Your child’s smile deserves the best care, and we’re here to provide it.

Dental Design Studio
Phone: 815-725-8170
609 Rollingwood Dr
Shorewood, IL 60404