Sealants

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 or may even be eliminated!

After having sealants placed, your child’s teeth will feel slick, and they may even say that it feels like their teeth do not fit together as they did before. This is normal, and their bite will adjust to the changes.

Helping your child to take care of their sealants is important. To protect the sealants he/she should refrain from eating ice or hard candy. This tends to fracture the sealant. Your child should also avoid sticky candies, a few examples of such candies include Now and Laters, Carmel, Laffy Taffy, Gummi Bears, Milk Duds, Sugar Daddies, Bit O Honey and Jolly Ranchers. Also gums containing sugar should be avoided. These candies can pull the sealant from the biting surface of the tooth.

Your child’s sealants will be checked during future routine exams to insure that they have not been fractured or pulled from the tooth.