Pediatric Sealants are commonplace in the Pediatric Dental world. Ever wondered what they are made of and why they are important? Here is all you need to know about pediatric sealants.
What are pediatric sealants?
Pediatric sealants are a protective coating placed on the first permanent molars that come in around 6 and 12 years of age. They give permanent teeth longevity. We only get one of each molar, so it’s important to preserve those teeth as much as we can!
Why do most pediatric dentists recommend sealants?
Most pediatric dentists recommend sealants because it helps the tooth stay healthy for longer. 6 year molars are usually the first ones to blow up when we’re older (think root canal!).
Sealants contain BPA which is an endocrine inhibitor….are they safe?
Some sealants contain BPA, some sealants do not. Just 4 Kids Pediatric Dentistry & Sedation uses BPA free sealants (J4K Sealants DO NOT contain BPA).
Always ask your child’s dentist if you are hesitant about the ingredients in sealants.
The application of sealants is virtually painless and most insurances will cover the procedure since it is preventative. After the sealants are applied, be sure to have your child’s dentist check them during their 6 month cleanings to make sure there’s not too much wear and tear (staying away from incredibly sticky foods is a great way to ensure that sealants will last for a long time).
Overall, parents can leave their child’s dental office with confidence in knowing that their first permanent molars are protected for an extended period of time. Sealants are a great way to ensure that your child will have great dental health well into adulthood.
Have more questions? Contact a pediatric dental specialist today!