Dental Sealants For Children
Sometimes brushing is not enough. Everyone has hard-to-reach spots in their mouth and brushing doesn’t always fully clean those difficult places. When that happens, you are at risk of tooth decay. Using sealants on your teeth gives you an extra line of defense against tooth decay.
What are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealant is a plastic resin that bonds to the deep grooves in your tooth’s chewing surface. When sealing a tooth, the grooves of your teeth are filled and the tooth surface becomes smoother — and less likely to harbor plaque. Not only are sealants a quick, easy, and painless procedure, they help prevent your child from getting harmful tooth decay-causing bacteria.
Are Dental Sealants Necessary?
Cavities typically gather on the top of a tooth, and may also form in the back teeth where it is harder to clean during brushing. Having a sealant will act as a protective barrier, preventing bacteria from reaching the most vulnerable parts of a tooth.
Sealants are most commonly applied to children’s teeth as a preventative measure during the years of most likely tooth decay. This is mainly because children tend to eat more sweets than adults. Therefore, they are more susceptible of getting cavities.
However, adults’ teeth can also be sealed. It is more common to seal “permanent” teeth rather than “baby” teeth, but every person has unique needs. Your dentist will recommend sealants on a case-by-case basis.
How Long do Dental Sealants Last?
Sealants generally last from 3 to 5 years. However, it is fairly common to see adults with sealants still intact from their childhood. A dental sealant only provides protection when it is fully intact so if your sealant comes off you must let your dentist know.request an appointment