Sometimes brushing is not enough, especially when it comes to those hard-to-reach spots in a child’s mouth. It is difficult for a toothbrush to reach between the small cracks and grooves on teeth. If left alone, those tiny areas can develop tooth decay. Sealants give your child’s teeth extra protection against decay and help prevent cavities.
Dental sealants are applied and harden in the deep grooves on the tooth’s surface. When a tooth is sealed, the tiny grooves become smooth, and are less likely to harbor plaque. With sealants, brushing becomes easier and more effective against tooth decay.
Sealants will be recommended on all permanent molars as a preventive measure against tooth decay. Baby teeth molars may be sealed, since every patient has unique needs, and dentists may recommend sealants on a case-by-case basis.
Sealants last from three to five years, although it is fairly common to see adults with sealants still intact from childhood. A dental sealant only provides protection when it is fully intact, so if your youngster’s sealants come off, let our office know, and schedule an appointment for your child’s teeth to be re-sealed.