What is a Sealant?
How does a sealant help prevent decay? A sealant is a plastic material that is usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth—premolars and molars. This plastic resin bonds into the depressions and grooves (pits and fissures) of the chewing surfaces of back teeth. The sealant acts as a barrier, protecting enamel from plaque and acids. Sealants are serious protection against decay, and are worth looking into.
Helpful Ideas for Preventing Decay in Primary Teeth
- Brush them twice a day.
- Always brush after the evening meal so small bits of food do not linger there overnight.
- Never let your baby go to sleep with a bottle of juice or milk. Constant immersion increases the risk of decay.
- Avoid serving too much fruit juice; it encourages tooth decay.
Until recently baby teeth weren’t viewed as important because adult teeth eventually replace them. What we now realize is that these primary teeth play a crucial role in guiding adult teeth into position