Sealants are a BPA free plastic material applied to the chewing surfaces of permanent molars. This is a preventative procedure that forms a protective layer, keeping food and bacteria from getting stuck in the grooves of the teeth. These grooves can be deep and can even be narrower than a single bristle of a toothbrush. Sealants are very effective in preventing cavities on the chewing surface of the teeth.
Sealants are easy for dentists to apply and an easy procedure for your child to have. It is recommended that sealants be placed once these permanent molars have erupted enough for full coverage. Usually around the age of 6 years for the first set of permanent molars and again at around the age of 12 years of age when the second set erupt.
Sealants usually last for many years, but need to be checked at your child's regular dental exams to make sure that the sealants are still intact.
Although sealants are a great preventative measure, it is important to…
- Brush twice daily with and ADA accepted fluoride toothpaste
- Clean in between the teeth daily with floss or another interdental cleaner
- Eating a good diet. Limiting sugary snacks and especially sugary drinks.
- Having your child visit their pediatric dentist for a cleaning and exam every six months