Are Sealants Right for Your Child?
The American Dental Association recommends that children receive dental sealants as soon as their permanent teeth come in. Dental sealants are a safe, effective, and long-lasting way to protect your child’s teeth from decay.
Not all teeth are good candidates for sealants, though. We can help you determine which teeth will receive the most benefit from the application.
If you have questions about sealants, we’d love to talk to you and help you understand your options.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are Sealants Safe?
Sealants are very safe!
You may have heard people talking about BPA (Bisphenol A), a resin used in many types of plastics. The levels of BPA in dental sealants is extremely low. In fact, sealants expose your child to less BPA than dust and even air. Simply breathing air exposes your child to about 100 times more BPA than dental sealants!
At What Age Should My Child Get Sealants?
Children lose their baby teeth and get their permanent teeth at different ages. We recommend sealants for most children when their permanent teeth come in.
My Child Has Special Needs and Has Trouble at the Dentist. Can You Still Do Sealants?
Yes, we can do sealants on patients with Special Health Care Needs. Children with Special Needs and children who have trouble cleaning their own teeth are often at a high risk for tooth decay. Sealants can be very beneficial for your child if he or she has Special Needs.
The dentists at Children’s Dentistry of Charlottesville have experience with and enjoy working with children who have Special Needs, including kids with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, children on the Autism Spectrum, and those who suffer from dental anxiety.
We’ll do our best to help your child relax and receive the care he or she needs. Depending on your child’s needs, we may recommend nitrous oxide or other sedation dentistry options. If you have questions or concerns, please ask. We want you and your child to be completely comfortable throughout your visit.