What Are Sealants?
Sealants cover teeth to protect the surface. Teeth have pits, fissures and grooves that toothbrush bristles are too thick to reach into. Food and bacteria build up in the grooves and cause decay, which then causes cavities. Sealants are not a substitute for good oral hygiene, you still need to assure that your child is maintaining good oral health habits.
The teeth most prone to decay are the six and twelve year molars. Once the permanent premolars and primary molars come in, they will also benefit greatly by sealants.
How Long Do Sealants Last?
Properly applied sealants will last for many years, so your child’s teeth will be protected throughout their cavity prone years. They will last especially longer, if your child doesn’t bite on hard objects and maintains good oral hygiene.
Does My Child Still Need to Brush and Floss Her/His Teeth?
Definitely yes! Sealants are only one part of the plan to protect your child’s teeth from cavities. Brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits are crucial for maintaining a bright, healthy smile!