During your child’s visit to our office in Foothill Ranch, our dentist may recommend a simple yet effective treatment: dental sealants. Sealants, designed to shield teeth against decay, are a valuable preventive measure for maintaining optimal oral health. Understanding this procedure and its impact on your child’s dental well-being is essential. Here’s what you need to know:

Why Get Sealants?

Sealants act as a barrier to prevent tooth decay, particularly on the back teeth where cavities commonly develop. While sealants are often recommended for children and teenagers, adults can also benefit from this protective measure. By sealing the deep grooves and crevices of molars, sealants reduce the risk of decay by up to 80% within the first two years and continue to provide significant protection for up to four years.

When Should You Get Them?

Typically, your child’s first molars emerge around age six, followed by the second set around age 12. To safeguard their molars from decay, it’s advisable to discuss sealants with our dentist as soon as these teeth erupt. Regular dental examinations will help determine the optimal timing for sealant application.

What Should You Expect?

Applying sealants is a straightforward procedure with minimal discomfort. After thoroughly cleaning your child’s teeth, our dentist will apply a special gel to prepare the surface. Once the gel is rinsed off, the sealant is applied and hardened using a blue light. This quick and painless process provides long-lasting protection against decay.

What Concerns Should You Have?

Sealants are generally safe, with rare occurrences of allergic reactions. However, it’s essential to inform our dentist of any known allergies your child may have to ensure the best course of action.

Next Steps Sealants are durable and can last for several years before requiring reapplication. Regular dental check-ups are crucial to monitor the condition of the sealants and overall dental health. If you’re unsure whether your child’s sealants need to be reapplied, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with us for guidance.

For additional tips on maintaining healthy teeth and answers to your questions about dental sealants, don’t hesitate to contact Foothill Family Dental. Your child’s smile deserves the best protection, and we’re here to help every step of the way. Schedule your appointment today to ensure a lifetime of healthy smiles!

Foothill Family Dental
Phone: (949) 273-8600
26700 Towne Centre Dr, Suite 260
Foothill Ranch, CA 92610