It’s just a fact of life – most kids are much more interested in playing games and running around outside than spending the proper amount of time brushing their teeth. While our team at OPD Smiles will do everything we can to help them develop good oral hygiene habits from a young age, most developing smiles could definitely use an extra boost of protection, especially the hard-to-reach teeth in the back of the mouth. That’s where dental sealants come in! Contact our Lucas, TX practice today if you have any questions about this preventive service, or if you’re ready to schedule a first visit.
How Do Dental Sealants Work?
Dental sealants are made from a safe plastic material that is “sealed” over the deep pits and grooves in the chewing surfaces of certain teeth. In most cases, Dr. Russell will recommend having them placed over the permanent premolars and molars (sometimes baby molars), which are prime targets for food particles to stick to over time. By creating a durable barrier that keeps out cavity-causing bacteria, we can help your child’s smile stay safer and stronger during these important early years.
Are Dental Sealants Good at Protecting Teeth?
While the use of sealants should never be considered a proper alternative to diligent brushing and brushing, there are studies that demonstrate their effectiveness clearly. For instance, a spokesman for the American Dental Association has shared that sealants can reduce cavities by nearly 80% immediately after their placement and up to 60% for several years of use. This information is based on decades of diligent research.
In most cases, you can expect dental sealants to serve your child’s smile well for up to 10 years. However, there is a possibility that they may crack or become lost during that time. During regular checkups, Dr. Russell will doublecheck their current state(s) and replace them as needed.