During a visit to Aya Zaky DDS, your trusted dentist in Waverly, MI, you might hear about dental sealants, especially for your child. Sealants are an excellent way to protect teeth from decay, but it’s essential to understand the procedure and its impact on your child’s oral health.

Why Get Sealants?
Dental sealants are effective in preventing tooth decay, especially on the back teeth where decay commonly occurs. While they’re often recommended for children and teens, adults can benefit from them too. These sealants can prevent up to 80% of decay within the first two years and continue to offer protection for up to four years, reducing the risk of decay by 50%. Children without sealants are more than three times as likely to develop tooth decay as those with sealants.

When Should You Get Them?
The first set of molars usually appears around age 6, with the second set coming in around age 12. It’s crucial to discuss with our dentist the best approach to keeping these molars healthy. Sealants are most effective when applied as soon as the molars erupt. Regular dental examinations will help determine the ideal time for sealant application.

What Should You Expect?
Applying sealants is a simple procedure with minimal discomfort. We’ll start by thoroughly cleaning your child’s teeth before applying a special gel. After cleaning off the gel, the sealant is applied, and a small blue light is used to harden it quickly.

What Concerns Should You Have?
Sealants have no side effects, and allergic reactions are rare. However, if your child has any allergies, it’s essential to discuss them with our dentist to determine the best course of action.

Next Steps
Sealants can last for years, but regular visits to our office are vital to ensuring their effectiveness. During these visits, our dentist will check the condition of the sealants and your child’s teeth. If you’re unsure whether your child’s sealants need to be reapplied, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with us.

For more tips on maintaining healthy teeth or to learn more about dental sealants, contact Aya Zaky DDS today!

Aya Zaky DDS
Phone: 517-321-2358
5001 W Saint Joe Hwy, Suite 2
Lansing, MI 48917