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.