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Armor for Little Teeth

Sealants are thin plastic coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of the molars and premolars, the back teeth with grooves and pits. These grooves and pits are the perfect hiding places for food particles and bacteria, making them prone to decay. Sealants act as a shield, preventing food and bacteria from getting trapped in these crevices and causing cavities. They are painless and can last several years, providing extra protection for your child’s teeth.

child getting pediatric sealants in Wausau

How Dental Sealants Work

Sealants create a physical barrier on the chewing surfaces of the molars and premolars, which are particularly vulnerable to tooth decay. When applied, the sealant material flows into the grooves and pits of the teeth and hardens, creating a protective layer that prevents food particles and bacteria from getting trapped. This minimizes the exposure of the tooth enamel to harmful acids produced by bacteria, which can lead to cavities. By sealing off these areas, the tooth surface is smoother and easier to clean. For more info on children’s sealants in Wausau, contact our office for an appointment.

What Are Sealants For?

  • Children with newly erupted permanent teeth
  • Kids who have a history of cavities or are prone to tooth decay
  • Kids with deep grooves and pits on their molars and premolars
  • Kids who have difficulty maintaining proper oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing
  • Children who consume sugary or acidic foods and beverages frequently
  • Children who have orthodontic appliances that make it harder to clean their teeth

Sealants are recommended for children when their permanent molars and premolars come in, usually around ages 6 and 12. Sealants are recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD). Ask Dr. Chelsea Zamudio if sealants are right for your child during their next dental visit.

Advantages of Dental Sealants:

  • Prevent cavities by up to 80%
  • Easy and painless to apply
  • Non-invasive and does not require anesthesia
  • Provides protection for several years
  • Saves money in the long run by preventing the need for fillings
  • Helps maintain good oral hygiene by making teeth easier to clean
  • Does not interfere with normal eating or speaking

To learn more about how pediatric sealants in Wausau can help your child, contact or office for an appointment today!

The Sealants Session: What to Expect

During your child’s dental sealant session, Dr. Zamudio will clean the teeth and dry them thoroughly. Next, an acid solution is applied to the chewing surfaces of the molars and premolars to create a rough surface for the sealant to adhere to. Once the teeth are rinsed and dried again, the sealant material is applied to the grooves and pits of the teeth and allowed to harden. The entire process is quick and painless and can usually be completed in one visit.

diagram of pediatric sealants in Wausau

What Happens After Sealants?

After your child’s sealant session, they may experience a slight change in how their teeth feel, but this should subside within a day or two. There is no downtime; your child can resume their normal routine immediately. Dr. Zamudio will offer post-treatment guidance to help maintain the integrity and efficacy of children’s sealants in Wausau. These may include avoiding sticky or hard foods for the first few hours after application and maintaining good oral hygiene, such as brushing and flossing.

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Why Choose Sweet Tooth for Your Child's Dental Sealants?

Sweet Tooth Pediatric Dentistry, led by Dr. Chelsea Zamudio, is dedicated to providing children with the highest quality dental care in a fun and welcoming environment. Our team understands the unique needs of children and strives to make each visit a positive experience. By choosing Sweet Tooth, you can trust your child will receive the best possible care. Schedule a consultation and take the first step towards a lifetime of healthy smiles for your child.

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