Sealants on chidlren's teeth?

United States
February 10, 2009 11:37am CST
My family's pediatric dentist is recommending sealants on my daughter's teeth (my daughter had 2 small cavities at her last appointment, which surprised us because she brushes really well). I never heard of tooth sealants until the dentist mentioned it and I'm wondering how necessary it is. My friend's child had a bad experience when she has the sealant treatment done (she said it was very uncomfortable and tasted really bad). I feel as though my dentist may be agressive in pushing the sealants, as my friend also goes to the same dentist amd her child never had any cavities. I'm wondering- is this a new thing? Have your kids had tooth sealants?
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@family4 (53)
• Canada
10 Feb 09
I believe that sealants are well worth it aswell. I had them applied when I was around 11-12. My eldest will be getting them once her braces are off, she's 13 and I will be talking to the dentist about our youngest (3 yr old). I am not a huge fan of the dentist myself, getting sealants requires no freezing. They apply some sort of putty or thicker liquid and an infared light dries it to your teeth, this creates a barrier so you are very unlikely to not get cavities. I am in Canada and our benefits cover it 80%, not sure how other places are. I do know that when the sealants start to break down, and this is 15-20 after application you may get a little grit in your mouth, very very minimal amount. Like one granule of sand. I only see positives in regards to the sealants.
@ljbinkop (744)
• United States
10 Feb 09
Oh yes, I think they are worth it in the lond run. I know it sometimes seems like you need to do so much to keep your kids teeth healthy and you should probably be a little skeptical and not just do anything your dentist recommends, but this is good advice. Neither of my kids have ever had cavity, and I got sealants on both of them. I also remember that my youngest really did not enjoy the procedure, but she's pretty sensitive. Good luck!
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• United States
10 Feb 09
Sealants are for preventing cavities and are worth it. Think of the money you'll save since most insurance companies pay completely for sealants and only 80% when you need to have a cavity filled. Not to mention the health benefits from not having a bad tooth that can cause an infection in the body not just the mouth. As for the bad taste and a little discomfort- that is much better than having to have shot given in the mouth once a child needs a filing. Both of my boys have had sealants and we have never had any problems. Good luck to you and your daughter.
@iansheila (175)
• Philippines
12 Feb 09
im sorry to tell you that if your child got small cavities, sealants are not used to it but fillings.. sealants are used to seal the grooves of the teeth to prevent from developing to cavities. sealants are usually used in permanent first molars because such teeth have deep grooves that is hard for the brush to reach it. its not a new thing. it has been used for awhile now.
@mariposaman (2967)
• Canada
11 Feb 09
It has been around for a while now. I always heard for children it is a good investment and if it is paid for you should consider it. Sometimes children do not do a good job brushing, their idea of a good job might be different than yours. Use a good flouride toothpaste, not too much and supervise until you are satisfied she is doing things properly.
• United States
11 Feb 09
No it has been around for a while, and I too brush very well, but I am still prone to cavities for some strange reason.
@emarie (5451)
• United States
11 Feb 09
a lot of the stuff the dentist puts on your teeth doesn't taste good weather you're a child or an adult. i've heard of sealants but i don't think i got them. as far as kids cavities go i know even if your kids brush, if you don't floss everyday they'll still get cavities. my kids are like that and so am i..lol my sister had sealants placed on her teeth and she values the fact that she's never had a cavity. i'm sure its not that dangerous, for kids they should have a slightly different procedure and care because they're children. it's not something necessary like a fluoride treatment at cleaning, but its more something optional. i'd say if insurance covers it it wouldn't help. she'll have to get another treatment in a few years anyway.
• United States
10 Feb 09
I had sealants and it's nothing. You're in and out in a few minutes. You just open your mouth, they put the stuff in your teeth and push it down. Nothing more. It may taste weird, but that is that. They don't have to numb your mouth or anything because they're not doing any type of work on your teeth. It's just a quick procedure that does not hurt unless you get poked with an instrument or something.