February 25, 2015

Sealants: Protect & Seal

What is a Sealant?

It is a protective plastic coating placed on chewing surface of teeth. It seals grooves and pits of teeth so that food does not get stuck and cause cavities. Adult molars have deeper grooves and pits compared to baby teeth. The first adult molars are the most common teeth to have cavities in children.


Is it Easy to Do?

It is very easy to do for children and does not require any freezing. Dr. Ella often compares it to painting or putting nail polish on teeth. All molars can be done in one visit. We will show and explain every step to your child.


When Should My Child Get Sealants?

Dr. Ella recommends sealants on first adult molars around age 6-7. If your child is very prone to cavities, sealants should be considered for baby molars and all adult molars.


Sealants Need Supervision by Your Dentist

Since sealants are thin plastic coatings, they wear down easily especially if your child grinds teeth. If they wear down, Dr. Ella can reapply sealants as needed.


Still Need to Brush and Floss

Sealants only protect chewing surfaces of teeth. They do not protect where teeth are in contact side by side. Only flossing will protect against cavities from forming between teeth.

Dr. Ella Choi is a certified specialist in pediatric dentistry serving South Surrey, White Rock, Langley and Aldergrove in Beautiful British Columbia.

“Dr. Choi and her staff at Playtime Pediatric Dentistry were amazing with my 3 year old son who needed to get a cavity filled. Going to the appointment I was anxious about how my son would react and about the effects of sedation. When I walked into Dr. Choi's dental practice I felt immediately more at ease. From the very child-appealing decor, to their patient and caring approach, Dr. Ella and her staff know that treating children is about much more than completing a dental procedure. They were very skilled in making my son feel as comfortable as possible and have everything set up to make things go smoothly. I was very impressed and would highly recommend Dr. Choi to other parents. Michelle Q.”