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Sealants for little children

Today my office had me try to place sealants on 8 teeth for a 2 year old. The child was sobbing, I was miserable, the dentist was frustrated we couldn’t place more than 2, and the assistants felt I couldn’t work well with kids. I understand the need for sealants for children to prevent decay but I strongly feel that 2 years old is so young if they are not ready for that first experience and it will turn into a life-long paralyzing fear of the dentist. Am I wrong in thinking this?

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In my opinion, I don’t feel like you are wrong in thinking this at all! If a patient, especially a very young, impressionable child is not tolerating treatment, and elective treatment at that, there’s no need to create that fear. Generally speaking, I can’t even imagine doing sealants on a child that young. I think of my 4 year old nephew and cringe at the thought of even “Auntie Kara” doing sealants on him! Again, I agree with you!

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