Common questions about dental sealants

Dental sealants are a great way to protect children’s teeth from cavities. These thin, transparent and lightweight plastic coatings are simply attached to the back teeth. They protect the teeth from plaque build-up and the formation of cavities early on.

At Healthy Smile Centre, we think that prevention should be the most important part of a thorough dental hygiene routine and for this reason, we recommend sealants as a precautionary measure. Preventing decay and cavities from a young age is really important, since baby teeth are crucial for the healthy development of adult teeth. If you are unaware of how sealants work, you can book an appointment with our dentist in Alexandria to find out more.

Are dental sealants for everyone?

Dental sealants are ideal for young children who cannot brush and floss their teeth properly. However, older children and teenagers can take advantage of them as well. Tooth decay is very common in the back teeth, so bringing your child to the dentist in Alexandria for sealants as soon as their molars grow, gives them a head start in the battle against tooth decay.

Are dental sealants permanent?

Dental sealants can last for many years, but they are not permanent. If you take good care of your teeth, you can expect them to last anywhere from 5-10 years. Expect your dentist in Alexandria to check them every time you visit for a dental check-up, which should be at least every 6 months. We will examine your sealants carefully and determine whether they need to be replaced.

How are dental sealants attached to the teeth?

Applying sealants is a simple and easy procedure that does not cause any pain to the patient. More importantly, the sealants will not affect your children’s teeth in a negative way – their only purpose is to protect them from bacteria and plaque. After your dentist in Alexandria has cleaned your children’s teeth carefully, their teeth will be prepared for the sealant. This preparation entails applying a mild solution to help roughen the surface to enable a good bond to the teeth. Once this solution is dried, the sealants are painted on the surfaces of the molars and cured with a special light.