Dental Sealants – Marietta, GA

Stop Cavities Before They Start

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Did you know that tooth decay is one of the most common illnesses among children? That fact is sad because cavities are largely preventable! Our pediatric dental team in Marietta wants to help spare your little one from the discomfort and other consequences that can come with tooth decay. One way in which we can do so is by placing dental sealants. This simple and fast treatment has the potential to stop cavities before they start!

Why Choose Woodland Pediatric Dentistry for Dental Sealants?

  • Gentle Dentist & Team
  • Painless & Fast Treatment
  • Long-Lasting Cavity Prevention
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Why Do Children Need Dental Sealants?

We strongly recommend dental sealants for children for the following reasons:

  • The enamel on primary (baby) teeth tends to be thin. Therefore, it can be easier for acidic plaque to damage it. (Depending on your child’s unique situation, we might wait until they receive their permanent teeth to start placing sealants. We always strive to customize care for each unique patient.)
  • Children gravitate toward cavity-causing foods. Many foods and beverages that are marketed to children are full of sugar and acids. Fruit juices, sodas, candies, and more all fall into this category.
  • Children are still working on their oral hygiene routine. It can take some time for your child to develop the motor skills and good habits that are necessary to stick to a thorough oral hygiene routine. Sealants can protect their teeth while they are still mastering the nuances of effective brushing and flossing.
Happy young dental patient pointing at her teeth

How Do Dental Sealants Prevent Cavities?

A dental sealant is a clear plastic barrier that we paint onto the chewing surfaces of teeth (usually just the molars and premolars). The sealants prevent things like sugar and starches from settling into the deep grooves on teeth, where they might otherwise get stuck and start to contribute to decay.

The American Dental Association recommends that children receive sealants when they are 5 – 7 years of age, and again between the ages of 11 – 14, which is when their permanent molars start to erupt.

Dental curing light being used in child’s mouth

How Are Dental Sealants Placed?

The process of placing dental sealants is easy, fast, and painless. Here is a walkthrough of how it usually works:

  • Sealants are often placed during a patient’s routine preventive appointment, so their teeth should be freshly cleaned when we start the sealant process.
  • We rinse and dry the tooth before using a small brush to paint the sealant into place.
  • A special curing light hardens the sealant in a matter of seconds.
  • We check to make sure that the sealant is comfortable and is not interfering with your child’s bite. After we make any necessary final adjustments, the sealant process is finished!

Sealants will not change the appearance of your child’s smile, and they are durable enough to last for a few years!

Your child should not have to put up with cavities and their consequences! Get in touch with our Marietta team to find out if dental sealants are right for your little one.