Does My Child Need Sealants?

What your family dentist in Crystal, MN, wants you to know about sealantsChild Dental Sealants

When you have a child, your child’s health is a major concern. Making sure your child has necessary dental care is a vital part of keeping your child healthy. So, does your child need sealants? The truth is dental sealants are an important safeguard to keep your child’s smile healthy and free of decay. Your family dentist, Dr. Kimberlee Murphy, at Crystal Dental Care in Crystal, MN, wants to share what you should know about dental sealants.

Brushing, flossing, and fluoride help protect against tooth decay, but bacteria can still hide in the deep grooves and crevices on the tooth surface. That’s where sealants can help.

Sealant treatment starts with the application of an etching liquid, which creates tiny pore-like openings in the surface of the tooth. These openings help to retain the sealant material. The etching liquid is rinsed, and the tooth is dried. The liquid sealant material is then flooded into the grooves and crevices, and hardened with a high-tech ultraviolet “curing” light. The result is a hard, protective cover over the deep grooves and crevices. Now, instead of catching bacteria and food debris, the decay-causing substances simply slide off of the tooth surface.

Both children and parents love dental sealants because treatment is:

  • Pain-free, needing no anesthetic
  • Quick, needing only a few minutes
  • Non-invasive, with no tooth structure removed
  • Inexpensive, compared to permanent dental fillings
  • Invisible, because sealant material is tooth-colored or clear

Your child should have sealants placed on the first permanent molars between the aged of 5 and 7, and on the second permanent molars between the ages of 11 and 14.

Dental sealants are a vital protection against tooth decay, and they can save your child’s smile! Make dental sealants a part of your child’s dental care regimen by calling family dentist Dr. Kimberlee Murphy at Crystal Dental Care in Crystal, MN. Give your child a healthy smile for life by calling today!

Our Location

5640 W Broadway Ave Crystal, MN 55428-3510

Hours of Operation

Our Regular Schedule


8:00 am-6:00 pm


8:00 am-5:00 pm


8:00 am-5:00 pm


7:00 am-4:00 pm


8:00 am-1:00 pm






What Our Clients Say About Us

  • "This is a very professional place, but the atmosphere is so upbeat!!!! From the start of my interaction with the staff upon my leaving it was such a wonderful way to be treated. Everyone was so kind, caring, and considerate of my situation. They really put me at ease. The staff is Amazing!!!! I was overwhelmed by the experience. Thanks Crystal Dental Care!"
    Jon S.
  • "Michelle and Dr.Murphy were very helpful. Front desk ladies Tammy and I do apologize for forgetting the other ladies name, were so nice a welcoming. Everything was explained to me and I actually learn something regarding Diabetes and your oral health. Thanks again guys I will be back to get some treatments done in a few weeks."
    Shamika D.
  • "Great customer service! Wendy was so nice and super helpful with setting my appointment up and making sure I had all the right information. Thank you I will definitely refer everyone I know!"
    Queen A.
  • "Every staff member was kind and welcoming. I received clear and precise answers to all of my questions. Both the assistant and the dentist were gentle and respectful. I was given multiple options for a treatment plan with no pressure or up sales. It felt like affirming medical care. I’m looking forward to being a responsible and long term patient."
    Tobias B.
  • "Amy did a Fantastic job. She really put all of her skills in the cleaning. Probably the best cleaning I've ever had."
    Santos B.