Sealants keep out plaque and food by covering the pits and fissures of molar teeth, thereby reducing the risk of decay. Since the covering is only applied to the biting surface of the tooth, areas on the side and between teeth cannot be coated with sealant.
Good oral hygiene and nutrition are still very important in preventing decay next to these sealants or in areas unable to be covered.
The American Dental Association recognizes that sealants can play an important role in the prevention of tooth decay. When properly applied and maintained, they can successfully protect the chewing surfaces of your child’s teeth. A total prevention program includes regular visits to the dentist, the use of fluoride, daily brushing and flossing, and limiting the number of times sugar-rich foods are eaten.
If these measures are followed and sealants are used on the child’s teeth, the risk of decay can be reduced.
During your child’s regular dental visits, the dentist will check the condition of the sealants and reapply them when necessary. Your child should refrain from eating ice or hard candy which can injure molar teeth and fracture the sealant.
Our practice uses Ultradent sealants which are always BPA free as well as free of milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy, and wheat/gluten.