Sometimes, regular brushing may not be sufficient, particularly for reaching those hard-to-access areas in your child’s mouth. Toothbrushes struggle to reach the small cracks and grooves on teeth, which can potentially lead to tooth decay. However, there is a solution to this problem. Dental sealants offer additional protection against decay and help prevent cavities.
Dental sealants are made of plastic resins that bond and harden within the deep grooves on the tooth’s surface. By applying sealants, the previously rough grooves become smooth, reducing the likelihood of plaque accumulation. As a result, brushing becomes easier and more effective in preventing tooth decay.
Typically, sealants are applied to children’s teeth after their permanent teeth have emerged, serving as a preventive measure against tooth decay. While it is more common to seal permanent teeth rather than baby teeth, the decision to apply sealants depends on each individual’s unique needs. Your dentist will assess the situation and recommend sealants on a case-by-case basis.
Sealants generally last between three to five years, although it is not uncommon to find adults who still have intact sealants from their childhood. It is important to note that dental sealants only offer protection when fully intact. If your child’s sealants come off, inform your dentist promptly to schedule an appointment for reapplication.