Dental Sealants for Kids in San Antonio, TX
High-quality preventive dental care is crucial for keeping our young patients’ teeth and gums clean and healthy. If a child receives routine cleanings and dental exams, periodic fluoride treatments, and has dental sealants applied over their teeth, they are well on their way to having positive oral health now and in the future! To learn more about our preventive services or schedule your child’s next visit with our team, please contact our office.Contact Us
What are dental sealants?
Dental sealants are clear coatings that are applied over molars. Sealants act as a barrier between the tooth’s surface and harmful bacteria, protecting teeth from tooth decay. They are placed over the top of each molar because the grooves in the top of these teeth are hard to clean with a toothbrush, especially for kids. Dental sealants can last for many years, and once they start to wear down, they can be easily reapplied.
How are dental sealants placed?
Dental sealant treatments are very quick and easy. Many patients have sealants placed after routine dental cleanings when their teeth are squeaky clean, and they don’t have to schedule an additional dental visit. The top of the teeth are dried, and the sealant is painted on with a small brush. A curing light is then used to harden the sealant and make sure it is securely in place. The entire process will only make your child’s routine visit a little bit longer.
When should my child get dental sealants?
We typically recommend that kids have sealants placed when they are between five and seven years old. You can also ask our team about dental sealants when your child’s molars have fully erupted from their gums. Once their baby molars fall out, they can have another set of sealants applied to their teeth, which usually happens between ages 11 and 14. Adults are welcome to have sealants placed as well, as they can prevent tooth decay for patients of any age.
Are dental sealants covered by insurance?
Most dental plans for children do cover dental sealant applications as well as routine cleanings, exams, and fluoride treatments. However, if your child’s provider does not offer full or partial coverage for sealants or your child does not have dental insurance, dental sealants are a very inexpensive preventive treatment option, especially for how long they last. If you want to learn more about our financing options or schedule your child’s next visit with our team, please contact us!