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, your child is at risk for tooth decay. Using sealants on your child’s teeth gives you an extra line of defense against tooth decay.
Dental sealant 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. With sealants, tooth brushing becomes easier and more effective against tooth decay.
Sealants are usually applied to children’s teeth as a preventive measure during the years of most likely tooth decay. It is more common to seal “permanent” teeth rather than “baby” teeth, but every person has unique needs. We will recommend sealants on a case by case basis.
Sealants generally last for years. It is fairly common to see adults with sealants still intact from their childhood. However, some sealants do not last as long as others due to the unique nature of each child. A dental sealant only provides protection when it is fully intact, so if your child’s sealant comes off or wears off, it is a simple matter to apply a new sealant. We evaluate the condition of your child’s sealants at each six-month checkup.