As we wrap up the holiday season and attempt to recover from all the sweet treats and goodies we ate last month, it is important to remember that January is a great time to reset and prepare for the coming year ahead. Just like you may be making new year’s resolutions, it can be fun and helpful to help your kids with their own resolutions. Maintaining a healthy smile is an important resolution to have, and after a proper cleaning and examination, dental sealants are a great place to start to give your child the best chance of maintaining those pearly whites!
What are dental sealants?
Dental sealants are a thin, plastic coating that seals areas on the tooth’s surface that are vulnerable to cavities. While brushing and flossing are the best way to prevent cavities, dental sealants are often needed for certain areas of the teeth that are nearly impossible to reach and thoroughly clean with your toothbrush or floss. Sealants are usually placed on the back teeth and molars, as these teeth are the ones we use to chew and tend to be the most prone to cavities. Fortunately, dental sealants can greatly reduce the chances of getting cavities and can reduce the chance of tooth decay in the molars by nearly 80%. What’s even better is that they are completely safe and have little to no side effects with the exception of any allergy you may have to the product. We will discuss any allergies you may have prior to application so that we can avoid any reaction. Getting dental sealants is a quick and painless process, so you wont need to worry about your child having to go through any pain to be protected. Our highly skilled team will work delicately and efficiently to ensure that your child is comfortable and that the process is quick and seamless.
How long do sealants last?
Did you know that adults can benefit from dental sealants, too? In fact, many sealants that are placed in childhood often can last into adulthood if they are cared for properly. Of course, there will always be the “normal wear and tear” that comes from eating and even possible teeth grinding during sleep, so it is possible that sealants may need to be reapplied sooner. Most dental sealants last for several years, and we will always check the condition of the sealants at each appointment to see if there is a need for reapplication. To extend the life of your child’s sealants, it is recommended that they not chew on ice or other hard foods or surfaces and to brush and floss regularly.