Dental sealants are a great investment in your child’s dental health. This plastic coating is typically applied to the chewing surfaces of the molars so that acid and bacteria are not able to penetrate into the tooth’s enamel. Unfortunately, they don’t last forever.
The Lifespan of Dental Sealants
According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, once your child’s sealants have been put into place, they can last for up to ten years. This lifespan will depend on caring for them properly, and they won’t be removed. Instead, the sealants will wear down with time, and you can have new ones applied if necessary.
Dental sealants form hardened plastic surfaces over the teeth. These materials do stand up quite well as long as behaviors that put unnecessary stress onto the teeth are avoided. This can include using your teeth as tools, chewing on pens, or biting on ice.
Extending the Life of Dental Sealants
In addition to avoiding activities that might damage dental sealants, their lifespan can be extended with regular dental appointments. At each exam, your child’s pediatric dentist will check the health of the sealants, and if it is found that they are wearing down faster than anticipated, they can be reapplied. This will help to make sure his teeth are protected against bacteria, plaque, and tartar.
Other Ways to Protect the Teeth
It is important that your child understands that dental sealants don’t mean he doesn’t have to care for his teeth anymore. Sealants are complementary to a good oral health regimen, so your child will need to continue brushing and flossing regularly. You may also want to invest in a mouthwash to help your child ensure that his teeth are staying clean.
Are you wondering if dental sealants are a good option for your child? Contact our office today.