Pros and Cons of Dental Sealants
If you are considering getting dental sealants for your child, check out our list of pro’s and con’s so that you can be more informed. Contact Dr. Payam if you want your child to have the best dental sealants in Stafford, Va.
Significantly reduces the chance of a child getting cavities
Dental sealants prevent plaque and bacteria from getting into the grooves of the back teeth that even a tooth brush has trouble cleaning which helps limit the chance of cavities
Dental Sealants are cheaper than filling cavities
Filling a cavity on average can cost up to four times as much as applying a dental sealant does!
Dental sealants are easy for a dentist to apply and the process is completely painless. The dentist will clean the tooth and then brush the coating on top of the tooth, covering the groves that are hard to clean. View our Dental Sealants video to learn more.
Dental Sealants are not a solution to existing cavities
If a child already has a cavity on a tooth, dental sealants are not helpful. They are a preventative measure that will reduce the risk of cavities on a tooth, but are not the solution if one is already present.
There is a very small possibility that an unnoticed cavity is covered by a the sealant, but the sealant would deprive the cavity of the bacteria that would make it grow so it will not get any larger.
They don’t last forever
Dental sealants last on average 10 years, because they are eventually worn down through the use of the tooth. This means they need to be reapplied around this time to make sure that they are truly protecting the tooth for bacteria.