How Long are Dental Sealants Supposed to Last?
Our pediatric dentists may recommend sealants to protect back teeth prone to cavities. It's not uncommon for children to neglect brushing their back teeth. It's also not uncommon for back teeth to have deep pits and grooves that collect plaque. Over time, this invisible film of bacteria hardens into tartar. Dental sealants cover the chewing surfaces of teeth so your child can avoid cavities.
Dental sealants can last up to 10 years if your child practices good oral hygiene. The healthier your child's mouth, the longer their will last.
Continue reading to learn what your child can do to make their dental sealants last as long as possible.
How to makelast longer:
- Brush teeth twice a day
- Floss teeth once a day
- Limit sweets
- Don't let your child chew ice
- See our pediatric dentists at least every 6 months
Brush Teeth Twice a Day
Our pediatric dentists recommend your child brush their teeth twice a day. Although, you'll need to make sure your child doesn't rush through teeth brushing. Depending on the age of your child, it may help to sing a song while they brush their teeth. That way, you can be sure that they're brushing for at least two minutes.
Floss Teeth Once a Day
Plaque loves to hide where toothbrush bristles can't reach. Yet, young children often don't have the dexterity to floss their own teeth. As a result, you'll need to floss your child's teeth until they're old enough to do it themselves.
In general, we ask parents to start flossing their child's teeth between the ages of 1 and 6. You'll want to start flossing when they have several teeth that touch. Make sure you use floss that is soft and flexible so it doesn't irritate their gums. Our pediatric dentists can recommend a brand if you’re unsure what to get.
We know it's hard to say "no" to your child, especially when the ice cream truck is circling your block. Yet, limiting sweets can help your child maintain a healthy smile in the long run.
The plaque that lives on your child's teeth and gums loves sugar as much as they do. When sugar sits on teeth, plaque eats it and produces an acid that destroys enamel. Over time, consuming a lot of sugary foods and drinks will increase your child's risk of tooth decay. In the short term, plaque buildup can make teeth feel "fuzzy" or rough.
Don't Let Your Child Chew Ice
Chewing ice is a bad habit that can chip tooth enamel and dental restorations. Instead of ice, try giving your child some healthy fruit pops. Natural-juice popsicles are much softer and easier for your child to chew. Staying away from popcorn kernels can also help dental sealants last longer.
See Our Pediatric Dentists at Least Every 6 Months
Schedule an appointment for your child to see one of our pediatric dentists every 6 months. That way, we'll be able to monitor the condition of their dental sealants over time. We'll also be able to give you and your child tips for how to build a strong foundation for good oral health. As pediatric dentists, we take our jobs very seriously. We make it our mission to give our young patients the tools they need for a lifetime of good oral health.
Our dental sealant dentists serve patients in Dearborn, Canton, and Livonia. We place dental sealants to protect your child’s smile while they’re most vulnerable to cavities. Call Children's Dental Care to request an appointment for your son or daughter.