One Simple Treatment Can Save Your Child’s Smile | Lockney Dental

Considering dental sealants for your child? At Lockney Dental, we often recommend this preventive treatment during your child's visit to our office. Sealants offer valuable protection against decay, but it's essential to understand the procedure and its benefits for your child's oral health.

Why Choose Sealants?
Sealants are an effective way to prevent tooth decay, especially on the back teeth where decay is most likely to occur. While children and teens are commonly recommended for sealants, adults can benefit from them as well.

The back teeth can be challenging to clean properly, making them more susceptible to decay. Sealants can prevent up to 80% of decay within the first two years and continue to provide protection, preventing up to 50% of decay even after four years. Children without sealants are over three times more likely to develop tooth decay than those with sealants.

When Should You Consider Sealants?
Typically, your child's first molars emerge around age 6, followed by the second set around age 12. It's best to discuss with our dentist the most suitable approach to maintaining your child's molars' health. Sealants are most effective when applied as soon as the molars erupt. Regular check-ups with our dentist will help determine the ideal timing for sealant application.

What to Expect During the Procedure
Sealants are a straightforward treatment with minimal discomfort. First, we thoroughly clean your child's teeth. Then, a special gel is applied, followed by the sealant. A small blue light is used to harden the sealant quickly.

Potential Concerns
Sealants have no significant side effects, and allergic reactions are rare. However, it's essential to inform our dentist of any allergies your child may have to ensure the best course of action.

What Comes Next
Sealants can last for years before needing reapplication. Regular visits to our office allow our dentist to monitor the sealants and your child's teeth regularly. If you're unsure whether your child's sealants need reapplication, schedule an appointment with us for an evaluation.

For more information on maintaining healthy teeth or questions about dental sealants, don't hesitate to contact Lockney Dental. Your child's oral health is our priority!

Lockney Dental
Phone: 704-788-4144
219 Branchview Dr NE
Concord, NC 28025