One of the most effective preventive measures our pediatric dentist and team offer to protect children’s teeth from decay are dental sealants in Denver, CO. They are a simple yet powerful treatment designed to prevent cavities and the long-term damage they can cause. These protective coatings cover the chewing surfaces of your child’s molars, where most cavities in children are found. The sealants work by filling in the grooves and depressions on the surfaces of these teeth, creating a barrier that protects enamel from plaque and acids.

The Pediatric Dental Sealant Process

The process begins with cleaning and drying the tooth before placing an acidic gel on its surface. This gel roughens the tooth, which helps the sealant bond securely. After a few seconds, we rinse off the gel and dry the tooth again. We then apply the sealant onto the grooves of the tooth and use a special light to harden the dental sealant. The whole procedure is completed in just one visit and can significantly impact a child’s oral health for many years to come.

Who Benefits from Dental Sealants?

Sealants are especially beneficial for children and teenagers because they are in the most cavity-prone years of their lives. Applying sealants to their teeth as soon as their permanent molars and premolars erupt can keep them cavity-free from the start, which helps save time, discomfort and expense. We typically recommend sealants for children and teenagers, but adults can benefit from them too, especially if they have deep grooves in their teeth and no fillings or decay.

It is important to note that while sealants significantly reduce the risk of cavities, they are not a substitute for a good oral hygiene routine. Regular brushing and flossing, along with routine dental checkups, are essential to maintain both the efficacy of the sealants and overall oral health. During your child’s dental visit, we will provide personalized guidance on how to best care for their teeth with sealants.

We invite you to contact Cherry Creek Pediatric Dentistry today at 303-757-8844 to learn more about dental sealants in Denver, Colorado, and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kojo Danso.