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Specializing in dentistry for infants, children & adolescents.

The Benefits of Sealants for Children’s Teeth

Boy getting his teeth checked at the dentist

Childrens teeth are especially susceptible and vulnerable to cavities and decay, even those with regular bushing and flossing habits. On top of a healthy oral care routine, another safeguard that helps to protect against cavities and decay is the placement of sealants on your child’s back molars. This preventative measure is very helpful in keeping your children’s teeth cavity free!

What are Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are thin, coatings that are applied to the top surfaces of your child’s back teeth. These sealants act as an extra layer of protection against decay. We recommend sealing your children’s permanent molars shortly after they come in.

Protect Against Cavities

Back teeth and molars are particularly susceptible to cavities as they have deep grooves and pits that are difficult to clean. Food and bacteria can build up in these areas, causing cavities, bad breath, and tooth decay. Sealants will fill in these grooves and pits, creating a smooth surface that is easier to clean and less likely to trap food and bacteria.

Long Lasting Protection

With proper care and a healthy oral care routine, sealants can last for many years. This means that your child’s teeth can be protected up into their adulthood and can help to prevent the need for costly dental treatments. Sealants are also easy to maintain and require no specific care other than check ups at your child’s regular appointments.

Painless and Non-Invasive

A major benefit of sealants is that they are virtually painless! The process is simple, non-invasive, and quick. Your child’s teeth will be cleaned and dried, and then the sealant is painted onto the top of their back teeth. The sealant must sit for a few seconds, and then is hardened with a blue curing light. The entire process will take just a few minutes, and there is no downtime once complete.


Overall, sealants are much less expensive than fillings or other dental treatments that may be necessary if your child continues to develop cavities or other dental issues. The preventative measure of sealing your child’s teeth can potentially save you thousands of dollars of future dental work.

Improved Oral Health

Sealants can give your child’s teeth an extra boost in protection and will help to improve their overall oral health. By reducing the areas where cavities are able to occur, your child’s overall mouth health will be improved. Remember, sealants are not a substitute for good oral hygiene! Regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups are still essential for maintaining healthy teeth and gums.

Contact Our Where Smiles Grow Team Today!

Dental sealants are an effective and safe way to protect your child’s teeth from cavities and decay. Non-invasive, painless, and long-lasting, ask our team if they are a suitable option for your child! We are currently accepting new patients in our three convenient locations in Schodack, Latham, and Delmar! Contact us today to learn more or schedule an appointment!