28 Aug Can Dental Sealants Prevent Damage to My Child’s Teeth?
Some dental surfaces are hard to brush and/or floss, particularly for children. Gradually, the plaque builds up and causes cavities, even tooth decay. Dental sealants can protect the teeth from decay as well as fill the grooves of the permanent molar to prevent any food particles from lodging there.
What are Dental Sealants?
Dental sealants are like a thin plastic coating placed on the chewing surfaces of the teeth, especially the permanent back molars. These sealants ‘seal’ the tooth’s surface and keep food particles and plaque at bay. They also create a barrier between the tooth surface and bacteria which could lead to a cavity in the deepest grooves.
What do Dental Sealants look like?
Sealants can be clear or white. Slightly tinted sealants are also available. Sealants cannot be distinguished from the tooth’s surface.
When should you get your Child Dental Sealants?
It is best to place sealants on the first permanent molar as soon as the tooth has emerged from the gum. Since tooth decay may begin early in life, it is best if children get sealants as soon as their permanent teeth emerge.
How are Dental Sealants Placed?
The tooth is first carefully and properly cleaned with toothpaste and a rotating brush. Then the tooth is dried. Some cotton or an absorbent material placed beside the tooth can help it dry during the sealant process. The dental sealant is placed on the tooth enamel and allowed to harden.
How Long Do Dental Sealants Last?
Dental sealants can last up to 10 years. But it recommended to have them checked during your child’s regular check-ups to be sure that none of them have chipped or worn away.
Can Dental Sealants be Replaced?
Damaged or chipped dental sealants can be replaced with a new one, if required.
Is there a Difference Between Dental Sealants and Fillings?
Fillings restore the tooth already damaged by decay but sealants are preventative and protect the teeth from decay.