One Simple Treatment Can Save Your Child’s Smile | Rafaella Sampaio DMD

When you bring your child to Sampaio Dental, Dr. Rafaella Sampaio DMD might suggest dental sealants during their visit. Sealants are a protective measure against tooth decay. Understanding the procedure and its impact on your child’s oral health is essential.

Why Get Sealants?
Sealants help prevent tooth decay, particularly on the back teeth where decay is most likely to occur. While sealants are often recommended for children and teens, adults can also benefit from them. The back teeth are harder to clean properly, making them more prone to decay. Sealants can prevent up to 80% of decay within the first two years and continue to prevent 50% of decay after four years. Children without sealants are more than three times as likely to develop tooth decay.

When Should You Get Them?
Your child’s first molars usually appear around age 6, with the second set around age 12. It’s crucial to discuss with us the best approach to keeping their molars healthy. Sealants are most effective when applied as soon as the molars emerge. Regular check-ups will help determine the best time for sealant application.

What Should I Expect?
Sealants are a straightforward treatment with minimal discomfort. First, we’ll thoroughly clean your child’s teeth. Then, a special gel is applied, followed by the sealant. A small blue light hardens the sealant in moments.

What Concerns Should I Have?
Sealants have no side effects, and allergic reactions are rare. However, inform us of any allergies your child has for the best course of action.

Next Steps
Sealants last for years before needing reapplication. Regular visits to our office allow our dentist to monitor their condition. If your child had sealants years ago and you’re unsure if they need reapplication, schedule an appointment with us.

For more tips on keeping teeth healthy or questions about dental sealants, contact Sampaio Dental today.

Sampaio Dental
Phone: (239) 772-5005
1527 SE 16th Pl
Cape Coral, FL 33990