Q: What are sealants?
A: Sealants are an acrylic resin designed to protect the grooved and pitted chewing surfaces of the back teeth. This is where most cavities are found. Teeth have 5 sides, and sealants only cover one of them, so brushing and flossing is still important to keep the teeth clean.
Q: How do sealants work?
A: Even if your child brushes and flosses carefully, it is difficult – sometimes impossible – to clean the tiny grooves and pits on the back teeth. Food and bacteria build up in these crevices, and create the perfect environment for a cavity. Sealants “seal out” food and plaque, thus reducing the risk of decay.
Q: How long do sealants last?
A: Research shows that sealants can last for many years if properly cared for. So, your child will be protected throughout the most cavity-prone years. If your child has good oral hygiene and avoids chewing hard or sticky foods, such as ice and hard candy, sealants will last longer. We check the sealants during routine dental visits and will recommend reapplication or repair when necessary.
Q: When can my child eat after sealants?
A: Immediately! Your child may feel like there is something stuck on his/her teeth for 1-2 days following sealant placement until he/she adjusts to them.
Q: Are sealants carcinogenic?
A: No. The ADA and FDA have done extensive testing on these acrylic products.