Sometimes brushing is not enough, especially when it comes to those hard-to-reach spots in your 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 youngster’s teeth extra protection against decay and help to prevent cavities.
Dental sealants are plastic resins that bond and harden in the deep grooves on the tooth’s chewing 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 are typically applied to children’s teeth as a preventive measure against tooth decay after their permanent teeth have erupted. It is more common to seal “permanent” teeth rather than “baby” teeth, but every patient has unique needs, and Dr. Fung will 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 intact from childhood. A dental sealant only provides protection when it is fully intact, so if your youngster’s sealants come off, let us know, and schedule an appointment for your child’s teeth to be re-sealed.