Dental Sealants for kids
Help your child fight tooth decay with Dental Sealants!
Do you know that Dental Sealants can help your child to fight tooth decay?
Take advantage of this cavity-fighting dental technique at Molonglo Dental Surgery. Book an appointment with our friendly dental team today on 02 6287 1222.
In addition to daily cleaning routines like brushing and flossing, twice-yearly visits to a dentist can help your children keep dental caries at bay. At Molonglo Dental Surgery, we want to give you and your little ones access to all the modern preventive tools available in the fight against dental decay. One of the most important new cavity-fighting techniques we use is that of Dental Sealants.
Also known as Fissure Sealants, Dental Sealants are typically recommended to children around the age of 12 after all their permanent teeth have arrived. We offer a choice between white, tinted and clear*. At Molonglo Dental Surgery, we will conduct an oral exam to assess your child’s suitability before we prescribe fissure sealants.
* Note: All the different shades are virtually impossible to detect in the mouth.
Is your child enjoying all the preventative benefits of Dental Sealants? Book an appointment with our friendly dental team today on 02 6287 1222.
What are Fissure Sealants?
Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that are applied to teeth as protection against tooth decay. Generally speaking, a sealant is applied to the chewing surfaces – also known as pits and fissures – of a tooth, to keep germs and food debris out of the grooves.
How are they applied?
Applied in liquid form, the dental sealant flows into the grooves of the teeth’s chewing surfaces, before being hardened into plastic coatings with the use of a high intensity curing light. Dental sealants are generally recommended for children but adults can also benefit. The sealant forms a thin, invisible cover that does not add any bulk to the surface.
Is the procedure painful for kids?
The procedure is straightforward and pain-free and only takes a few minutes per tooth. Dental sealants are applied without the need for any drilling or removal of tooth structure.
The procedure begins with dental cleaning, followed by application of a special gel on the chewing surface. Next, the tooth is rinsed and dried before the sealant is applied on the chewing surfaces of the tooth. A special curing light may be used to accelerate the hardening of the sealant. It takes about one minute for the sealant to set per tooth.
Are they useful?
The plastic coatings act as a very effective protective cover for your child’s permanent molars so as to significantly reduce their exposure to risks of tooth decay. The hardened sealant is designed to handle rigorous biting and chewing without compromising its form or function.
While Dental Sealants should never be regarded as a replacement for routine brushing or flossing, they do provide a hassle-free way to combat tooth decay.
Is your child eligible to claim CDBS benefits for Fissure Sealant treatment? Call our team to enquire further.
For more information on Fissure Sealants, call our friendly team at Molonglo Dental Surgery on 02 6287 1222.