At Frank C Raymer DDS, we believe in prevention as the first line of defense against tooth decay. Our pediatric dental sealants are a quick, effective way to protect your child’s teeth from cavities. Located in Irvine, our dental practice is dedicated to providing top-notch preventive care to help maintain your child’s oral health.

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What Are Dental Sealants?

Dental sealants are a thin, protective coating that is applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars), where most cavities in children are found. The sealant quickly bonds into the depressions and grooves of the teeth, forming a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth.

Why Choose Dental Sealants for Your Child?

● Cavity Prevention: Sealants have been shown to reduce the risk of decay in molars by nearly 80%. They keep out food particles and bacteria that cause cavities.
● Easy Application: The process is simple, painless, and can be completed in just one visit.
● Long-Lasting Protection: Sealants can protect teeth from decay for up to 10 years, but they need to be checked for chipping or wearing at regular dental check-ups.

The Application Process

1. Cleaning: The tooth is thoroughly cleaned and dried.
2. Preparation: An acid solution is applied to the chewing surfaces to roughen them up, which helps the sealant bond to the teeth.
3. Rinsing and Drying: The tooth is rinsed and dried again.
4. Application: The sealant is applied onto the tooth enamel, where it bonds directly and hardens. A special curing light is used to help the sealant harden.

Who Can Benefit From Dental Sealants?

While sealants are particularly beneficial for children and teenagers as they are most prone to cavities, adults can also benefit from sealants. They are ideal for anyone who wants extra protection against cavities, especially those with deep grooves in their molars.

How to Care for Sealants

Caring for sealants is simple:
● Encourage your child to maintain good oral hygiene practices, including brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing daily.
● Avoid chewing on hard objects like ice or hard candy, which can damage sealants.
● Visit Frank C Raymer DDS regularly for dental check-ups and cleanings.

Schedule Your Child’s Dental Sealant Appointment

Protect your child’s teeth against cavities by scheduling an appointment for dental sealants at Frank C Raymer DDS. Call us today at (949) 551-2606. Let us help safeguard your child’s smile with our effective and efficient dental sealant service.

Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Sealants

What are dental sealants?

Dental sealants are a protective coating applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars and premolars). This coating is made from a special dental resin that adheres to the depressions and grooves of the teeth, forming a barrier against plaque and acids that contribute to tooth decay.

Why are sealants important for children?

Sealants are particularly important for children because they are at a higher risk of developing cavities due to less consistent oral hygiene and a higher likelihood of consuming sugary snacks and drinks. Sealants provide extra protection during these vulnerable years, helping to prevent the onset of tooth decay.

At what age should children get sealants?

Children should ideally get sealants on their permanent molars and premolars as soon as these teeth come in. This typically occurs between the ages of 6 and 14. However, dental sealants can also be beneficial for adults and younger children with baby teeth that have deep grooves.

How long do sealants last?

Dental sealants can protect teeth from decay for up to 10 years, but they need to be checked regularly for chipping or wearing at routine dental check-ups. If necessary, they can be replaced to continue providing effective protection.

Are sealants safe?

Yes, dental sealants are safe. They are made from medically safe materials that are used widely across various dental treatments. The application process is non-invasive, painless, and quick, with no known side effects.

How are sealants applied?

The process of applying sealants is simple and painless:
1. Cleaning: The tooth is cleaned thoroughly to remove any food particles or plaque.
2. Drying: The tooth is dried, and cotton or another absorbent material is placed around the tooth to keep it dry.
3. Acid Solution: An acid solution is applied to the enamel to roughen it, which helps the sealant bond to the tooth.
4. Rinsing and Drying: The tooth is rinsed and dried again.
5. Applying the Sealant: The sealant is painted onto the enamel, where it bonds directly and hardens. A special curing light may be used to help the sealant harden.

Do sealants replace fluoride for cavity protection?

No, sealants do not replace fluoride. While sealants protect the surfaces of teeth against decay, fluoride helps to protect all parts of the tooth from decay and cavities. Using both sealants and fluoride together provides the best protection against dental decay.