One Simple Treatment Can Save Your Child’s Smile | Dr. Adeniji Bowden DDS

Dentist Evanston

When you visit Bowdental of Evanston, Dr. Adeniji Bowden DDS might recommend dental sealants for your child as part of their oral health care plan. Sealants offer an effective way to shield teeth from decay, and understanding the procedure can help you grasp its benefits for your child’s dental health.

Why Get Sealants?
Sealants play a vital role in preventing tooth decay, especially in the back teeth where decay is more likely to occur. While children and teens are primary candidates for sealants, adults can benefit from them too.

The back teeth, being harder to reach, are more prone to decay due to inadequate hygiene maintenance. Sealants can prevent up to 80% of decay within the first two years of application and continue to provide protection for up to four years, reducing decay risk by 50%. Children without sealants are over three times as likely to develop tooth decay compared to those with sealants.

When Should You Get Them?
Your child’s first molars typically appear around age 6, with the second set emerging around age 12. Discuss with us the best approach to keeping molars healthy. Sealants are most effective when applied as soon as the molars erupt. Regular check-ups with our dentist will determine the ideal time for sealant application.

What Should I Expect?
Sealant application is a straightforward procedure with minimal discomfort. First, we thoroughly clean your child’s teeth, then apply a special gel. After cleaning off the gel, we apply the sealant and use a small blue light to harden it quickly.

What Concerns Should I Have?
Sealants typically have no side effects, and allergic reactions are extremely rare. However, inform us of any allergies your child has so we can choose the best materials.

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

For more tips on maintaining healthy teeth and answers to your questions about dental sealants, get in touch with Bowdental of Evanston. Your child’s smile matters to us!

Bowdental of Evanston
Phone: 847-532-2688
2611 Broadway Ave
Evanston, IL 60201