FAQs About Dental Sealants

childrenlaughingDo you feel strongly about preventive care for your child’s smile but feel that you still have questions about dental sealants? You are not alone. Most parents ask us a variety of questions when we suggest sealants for their little one. Because this pediatric treatment offers such wonderful benefits in protecting back teeth from plaque-related problems, like cavities, we encourage you to put some thoughtful consideration into agreeing to it. In the meantime, we invite you to look over the following frequently asked questions, which we find are common concerns or curiosities that parents bring up when discussing this treatment:

Question #1: Will My Child Be Teased?

Not a chance. Dental sealants are undetectable to anyone other than a dentist. Your child will enjoy the benefits of prevention without any onlookers recognizing the change.

Question #2: Are Sealants Really Necessary?

Dental sealants create a barrier over the chewing surfaces of your child’s back teeth. This physically prevents plaque from adhering to this area. When plaque is unable to hide or cling to tooth tissue, tooth decay cannot occur. We strongly encourage this treatment to protect your child’s teeth from cavities.

Question #3: Is The Procedure Comfortable?

Yes, completely. The process includes the following:

  • We will clean your child’s teeth
  • We will paint a thin coating of plastic on the chewing surface of back teeth
  • The sealant will dry

Question #4: Will I Need to Replace Sealants Each Year?

No. Sealants often last 5 to 10 years, so this is one treatment that will continue to protect your child’s oral health as he or she grows.


At A Briter Smile Dental Group, our dentists strive to offer each patient individual care and access to the latest in modern dentistry at an affordable price. If you would like to schedule a consultation, contact us at our Los Angeles office at (323) 747-1823. We proudly serve communities in Los Angeles, Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank, Hermon, and Washington Heights.