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.

“I loved it, but most importantly my daughter loved it - it's a very child centred environment with an exceptional approach - while I was filling the forms our hygienist already came out and made a contact with my daughter to make this whole experience easy - every little thing that was done was explained to my daughter in advance (it's key when you deal with a volatile 2 year old) and in a way that she can understand it so all those things that entered her mouth weren't scary. Now my daughter is actually looking forward a visit to the dentist. - Monika”