Dental Sealants – Worcester, MA

Protect Your Child’s Smile from Decay

Young girl with dental sealants in Worcester smiling

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, more than 40% of children between the ages of 2 and 11 have had tooth decay. Furthermore, a whopping 90% of Americans have had a cavity by their 21st birthday. So, protecting your child’s smile from decay with preventive dentistry solutions is more important than ever before! The good news is that our team at Kids’ Smiles on Lincoln can provide an additional layer of protection from bacteria, plaque, and food particles thanks to dental sealants in Worcester, MA. To learn more about this effective preventive treatment, get in touch with our team or keep reading.

Why Choose Kids’ Smiles on Lincoln for Dental Sealants

  • Highly Trained and Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist
  • Early Morning, Lunchtime, and After-School Hours
  • Dental Insurance & MassHealth Accepted

What Are Dental Sealants?

Worcester pediatric dentist applying dental sealant

Dental sealants are a popular preventive treatment for growing smiles, but what exactly are they? In short, a clear, plastic compound is applied directly to the surface of your child’s teeth. Once hardened in place, it acts as a protective coating, shielding bacteria, plaque, and food particles from burrowing in the hard-to-reach areas of their teeth. As a result, your child’s teeth are much less likely to develop decay.

Who Should Consider Dental Sealants?

Boy smiling at pediatric dentist in Worcester

While dental sealants are for children and adults alike, they are particularly helpful for growing smiles. After all, it takes some time to develop the fine motor skills (and motivation) needed to complete their oral hygiene routine effectively. While each patient is different, many pediatric dentists recommend scheduling an appointment for dental sealants when their first set of molars emerge. After that, their dental team will continually monitor the condition of their teeth as well as their dental sealants, ensuring both are in pristine condition.

How Are Dental Sealants Placed?

Worcester pediatric dentist applying dental sealants to child's teeth

In addition to being effective and clear, dental sealants don’t take long to place! After cleaning your child’s teeth, our Worcester pediatric dentist will paint a thin layer of the clear, plastic compound over the surface. Next, they will use a low-heat curing light to solidify it, setting the dental sealant in place. The last step will be reviewing how to care for it (and your child’s teeth!) throughout the years to help stop cavities from developing.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Sealants?

Child with dental sealants in Worcester smiling in mirror

Dental sealants offer growing smiles numerous benefits, including:

  • Enhanced oral health
  • Improved dental experiences
  • Less time spent in the treatment chair
  • Boosted confidence

Of course, one of the most significant benefits is that this preventive treatment can help keep their bite strong, their speech clear, and their smiles bright – all things that cavities can negatively impact. So, if you think your child could benefit from dental sealants, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with our team!