Sealants are thin plastic coatings that are applied to the tops and sides of your child’s teeth. Once placed, the sealants dry, quickly bonding to the grooves, pits, and indentations of your child’s tooth enamel.
Sealants form a protective barrier, preventing harmful bacteria, plaque, and food particles from causing damage. Though they won’t last forever, sealants can help your child reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
At Little Harpeth Children’s Dentistry, Dr. Purohit recommends that all children at risk for decay get dental sealants. That’s especially true if your child is 6-12 when cavities are most common.
After a review of your child’s dental records, an oral exam, and a series of digital X-rays, Dr. Purohit can determine if your child’s a candidate.
At Little Harpeth Children’s Dentistry, getting dental sealants takes a single visit.
First, each tooth is dried and cotton is placed around them to prevent saliva from building up.
Next, "tooth shampoo" is applied to your child’s teeth. The solution roughens their surfaces, helping the sealant stick. The LHCD Smile Squad rinses your child’s teeth one more time and carefully applies the sealants with a paintbrush.
After applying the sealants, a "tooth dryer" points a special light at your child’s teeth. The light causes the sealants to cure and dry.
Dental sealants last as long as you take care of them*, but they’re susceptible to wear-and-tear damage. As a result, your child must practice good oral hygiene. Dr. Purohit recommends that children with sealants:
Every time your child visits the office for a checkup, Dr. Purohit examines their sealants for chipping or cracking. If necessary, she can reapply them to prevent further damage.
To see if your child is a candidate for dental sealants, make an appointment at Little Harpeth Children’s Dentistry by calling the office today.
*Individual results may vary.