Dental sealants are thin, plastic coatings that are painted onto the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, like the molars and premolars. These coatings bond to the grooves of the teeth and create a protective shield for the enamel, which helps protect the teeth from cavities.
Dental sealants are recommended for children and teenagers who have deep grooves and pits in the teeth that are tough to clean. It’s often best to protect the permanent teeth with sealants as soon as they grow into place. This is because a child is prone to cavities usually between ages 6 and 14. The sealants are most effective once the teeth emerge from the gums.
Babies can also benefit from dental sealants because baby teeth play a vital role in holding the right spacing for the permanent teeth. It’s important to keep the baby teeth healthy and strong so their adult teeth have a solid foundation to work from and to also prevent tooth loss earlier than necessary.
Even though your child has sealants, it’s still important for your child to clean their teeth with twice-daily brushing and daily flossing. If you have any questions about dental sealants in Las Vegas, Nevada, please call Children's Dental Care & Orthodontics at 702-254-8858 and talk to Dr. Carla LaLande or a member of our dental team.