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Preventing Cavities with Dental Sealants

At Riverside Pediatric Dentistry, we make cavity prevention a priority and strongly encourage parents to utilize every line of defense, including dental sealants. Once your child's permanent molars and premolars have developed, our dentist on the Upper West Side, NY, can apply a protective barrier to prevent decay and the need for costlier and more extensive dentistry treatments such as fillings and crowns. According to the ADA, sealants can reduce the risk of cavities up to 80%.

According to the ADA, sealants can reduce the risk of cavities up to 80%

What are Dental Sealants? 

A dental sealant is a tooth-colored coating that can be applied to the surfaces of molars and premolars. They prevent the buildup of bacteria within the grooves, pits, and fissures, which can be difficult to clean. The sealant is carefully applied in a way that is inconspicuous and will not disrupt the comfort and balance of your child's bite. Once it is in place, your child can brush and floss normally. Meanwhile, you and your child can feel confident knowing that an area susceptible to decay is safeguarded against cavity-causing entities.

This treatment is also a highly economical means of protecting your child's smile. Most insurance plans cover sealants, and any out-of-pocket expenses will likely be far less than what fillings or other restorative treatments would cost.

Dental sealants are a safe and effective means of helping your child experience all the benefits of a healthy smile.

Combining Fluoride & Sealants

The application of fluoride varnish to the surfaces of your child's teeth can provide powerful protection against decay. Sealants can complement this treatment to achieve maximum protection.

When Should Children Receive Treatment?

Dental sealants are recommended for children and teenagers who have their permanent molars. We highly recommend that they receive a sealant treatment as soon as their molars and premolars have fully developed. In some cases, we may suggest dental sealants for baby teeth with especially deep pits and grooves. 

Applying Dental Sealants

Like fluoride, dental sealants are easy to apply using a simple and non-invasive treatment process. Parents can expect a fairly quick visit. Once the tooth has been cleaned and the area is dried, the sealant is applied and a curing light is used to harden the material.

While sealants can last up to 10 years, they can chip or wear away over time. Our dentist will monitor their condition during your child's regular exams and make repairs as needed.

Sealants are Safe for Facebook

According to the ADA, dental sealants protect your child's molars and premolars from decay.

BPA Exposure Concerns 

At Riverside Pediatric Dentistry we use sealants without BPA. We understand that some parents may be concerned about BPA (Bisphenol A) exposure associated with the materials used in making dental sealants. However, according to the American Dental Association, simply breathing exposes us to 100 times more BPA than dental sealants. 

Simple, Effective Cavity Protection

Dental sealants are a safe and effective means of helping your child experience all the benefits of a healthy smile. Schedule a consultation with our dentist today by contacting us online or calling us at (646) 343-9599. 

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"Everything went perfect and smooth. My daughter felt safe and didn't cry. Going to the dentist felt like going out for fun."

-Sarah N.
New York, NY