Dental Decay: Do Kids Need Sealants?

You might be wondering, do kids need sealants? If they don't want to have pain or lose their teeth, the answer is yes. As a parent, you'd be wise to schedule an appointment for kids sealants with your Bolingbrook kids dentist.

You've probably heard the joke:

Mother: Did your tooth stop hurting?
Kid: I don't know. The dentist kept it.


No matter how carefully kids brush and floss their teeth, food particles are going to get stuck in between the cracks. Embedded food turns to lactic acid, which eats away at tooth enamel until it hits the nerve.

What can a Bolingbrook kids dentist do to keep your kid cavity-free? He or she can apply kids sealants to the chewing surfaces of your son's or daughter's teeth, especially the back teeth that are extremely tough to brush and floss. Dental sealant is a thin, plastic that bonds quickly to enamel to form a shield of protection. Here's more good news for you and your kids: the sealing process is quick and painless! It only takes a few minutes for the doc to clean, condition, dry, and seal each tooth.

If your kids are between the ages of six and 14, they are really prone to cavities, so get their teeth sealed as quickly as possible.

As soon as the premolars and permanent molars come in, schedule an appointment for this preventative technique. Don't overlook their baby teeth either, because those temporary choppers are important, too. Sure, they're going to fall out anyway, but you don't want your children to lose them too soon. Those early teeth are necessary for proper spacing of permanent teeth, and they have deep grooves that are like food magnets, so definitely need sealing.

So, just say NO to decay and YES to painless prevention! Your Bolingbrook kids dentist can apply kids sealants to your son's and daughters six-year and twelve-year molars, as well as their permanent molars and baby teeth, during a regular appointment. Then you can relax, because sealants protect their teeth for years.