About Dental Sealants
Learning how to properly care for teeth can take many, many years of practice, and even then, the back molars and premolars can be difficult to clean with their anatomically deep grooves. To protect these cavity-prone teeth, we offer BPA-free dental sealants or a clear plastic coating. A dental sealant is a protective barrier between the enamel and harmful bacteria, food particles, and acids. It only takes a few minutes to apply, but its effects can last for up to 10 years!
Creating a Barrier of Protection for Healthy Smiles
If you’ve ever tried talking to your kids about the harmful effects of plaque and bacteria, you were likely met with a disinterested look or fly-by response of “Okay, got it, mom!” When it comes to taking care of those hard to reach areas of your child’s mouth, their molars and premolars can often remain neglected, resulting in an increased risk of bacteria and food particles burrowing deep into the pits and grooves of their teeth and causing decay and cavities to form. At WindHaven Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Lee and her team want to help you and your child combat these problems by using dental sealants. These preventive coatings create a barrier between your child’s teeth and the harmful particles that can damage their youthful smile. To learn more about how your child can receive this form of treatment, contact our team today!
What Are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants are a BPA-free clear, plastic coating that is placed over the chewing surfaces of your child’s molars and premolars. Serving as a barrier between their tooth enamel and harmful bacteria, food particles, and acids, it protects the smallest crevices from becoming plagued with decay.
This preventive treatment takes only minutes to apply and is a completely painless process. Also, as long as your child maintains good oral habits at home and keeps their regular six-month dental appointments, the sealants can last for 10 years.
"Windahven Pediatric Dentistry came highly recommended in a mom’s group I’m in. They did not disappoint! I was blown away with Dr. Karrie and Courtney. They were so amazingly patient with my daughter. They exceeded all expectations and we will not be going anywhere else."- A.B. / Google / Nov 03, 2020
"Literally, the best pediatric dentist we’ve EVER been to. From the moment we entered for a consultation, to the most recent visit, the follow up, everything. Just an absolutely wonderful experience with the most kind and patient staff. Would give 10 stars if I could!"- C.K. / Google / May 19, 2021
"Dr. Karrie is incredible with children. Her patience and understanding has blown me away. Dr. Karrie and her staff are passionate about their work and make you feel at home and welcomed from the minute you open the door. I will recommend this with a full heart knowing I won't regret it. Thank you for welcoming our family."- S.M. / Google / May 07, 2021
"Our newborn daughter had a lip and tongue tie that were causing immediate latching/nursing issues. Dr. Lee took her time evaluating her and listening to our concerns before educating us on the frenectomy procedure. We were so impressed by her kindness, fun and gentle demeanor, and interaction with our newborn that we transferred our oldest to their office immediately for dental checkups. We are continually impressed by the warmth and kindness as well as intention behind everyone on staff. Our kiddos love going!"- C.D. / Google / May 07, 2021
"Dr. Karrie Lee is the BEST pediatric dentist. She is the most kind, compassionate and personable dentist, and excellent at her job! I was so nervous to take my toddler to the dentist for the first time but after meeting Dr. Karrie, my son and I instantly felt at ease! She is so gentle and sweet! Recently my son had a dental emergency at 4:30pm on a weekday. I called WindHaven and Danny answered. He was extremely kind, calm and compassionate as I was freaking out. Dr. Karrie stayed late so she could see my son. She is one of a kind! My 3 year old literally said “Dr. Karrie is SO nice”. The staff is also absolutely wonderful! The office is brand new, and perfectly set up for children of all ages! I highly recommend WindHaven Pediatric Dentistry!"- N.B. / Google / Apr 21, 2021
How Does the Process Work?
For your child to receive dental sealants, they will need to be old enough that they can sit still for the few minutes it takes to place the protective coating. Once we are ready to begin, Dr. Lee will clean your child’s teeth thoroughly to remove any debris found on, around, or in-between these teeth. Once they are dry, she will slightly roughen the chewing surfaces to ensure the sealant adheres to the teeth.
She will then rinse the teeth and dry them once more before applying the clear, plastic coating to their molars and premolars. If necessary, a curing light will be used to harden the coating, effectively keeping it in place.
Dental sealants FAQs
What causes cavities in children?
Cavities are caused by bacteria that feed on the sugars and starches in food, turning them into acids. Over time, these acids destroy the enamel, resulting in tooth decay. Kids are more likely to get cavities because they tend to eat more sugar. Parents and caregivers should regularly look for signs of tooth decay, such as tooth pain, sensitivity, and small holes or pits in their teeth.
Do dental sealants hurt?
Some of our younger patients are scared of the pediatric dentist and may have concerns about having a procedure done. The great news is that dental sealants are not painful or uncomfortable. WindHaven Pediatric Dentistry has years of experience working with children and does everything possible to ensure their comfort. We also teach the children about good dental hygiene to help them continue a lifetime of healthy smiles.
How can I help prevent cavities?
Parents should take their children to a pediatric dentist as soon as they develop their first tooth. Dr. Lee can provide you with personalized instructions for brushing and flossing and as well as how to supervise your child's oral health. At-home care, regular dental visits, a balanced diet, and dental sealants can help prevent cavities for years to come.
Why Are They Beneficial?
As one of the many preventive services we offer at WindHaven Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Lee believes in the benefits of dental sealants as a way to better protect growing and developing smiles. Because children are prone to developing cavities at a young age, this preventive measure can keep their smile healthy and strong as they transition into adolescence and adulthood.
Some of the greatest benefits of dental sealants include:
- An increased layer of protection for young children who have yet to refine their dental habits at home.
- Minimized bacterial exposure in the mouth.
- Strengthened tooth enamel because of the sealants' ability to keep decay out and from penetrating the outer layer of the tooth.
- Decreased likeliness for future dental problems. Dental sealants can save you time and money because your child’s teeth will be free of cavities. Fillings, dental crowns, and other costly treatments can be time-consuming and result in money being saved for vacation going toward restorative dental work instead.