Tooth sealants are used as a way to protect against cavities. Sealants usually come in the form of a thin plastic substance which coats the chewing surface of your back teeth. The grooves of these back teeth make them prime targets for cavities and decay. Great oral hygiene maintenance sometimes can’t even protect against cavities arising within the grooves of these teeth. This is why sealants are so popular and have effectively battled this issue for dozens of years.
WHAT TO EXPECT
How Long Do Sealants Last?
Although they can last up to ten years, wear and tear can occur over time. At your 6-month checkups, the dentist will examine sealants to ensure they’re in good shape or in need of fixing. If a child ends up needing sealants on a baby tooth, the sealant, of course, will have to be replaced once the baby tooth falls out.
Sealants in Children
In some cases, children will need tooth sealants on baby teeth due to deeper grooves on the chewing surfaces. However, this isn’t an overly common occurrence. Usually, children receive tooth sealants as soon as their adult teeth come in. Adults are encouraged to have sealants and to keep up on them as they age.
HOW DENTAL SEALANTS WORK
If you have questions about you or your family’s sealants, give us a call and we’ll be glad to assist you.