Just like sealers protect kitchen countertops, dental sealants shield kids’ smiles. Applied to back molars, these thin plastic coatings protect against plaque. Sealants surround nooks and crannies so decay can’t invade.
Every person is different, but sealants can stay intact for up to 10 years. These foods may impact sealant staying power:
• Sugary & Sticky
Even though sealants don’t require a restricted diet, consumption of sugar-filled foods may shorten their longevity. The bacteria in sticky snacks accelerate wear and tear of the sealant surface.
Acidic food and drink, like pasta sauce and soda, can also cause coatings to breakdown faster. This acid attacks not only the teeth but can contribute to sealant failures.
Because sealants are applied to chewing chompers, teeth grinding and bite patterns play a part. Considering the exorbitant amounts of pressure back teeth experience from daily eating and chewing, it’s surprising sealants stay strong for so long!
Sealants certainly serve as a tactic to convince kids to cut down on unhealthy snacks! Regardless, both adults and kids should rinse with water after consuming anything salty, sticky or sweet.