Care of Sealants
With proper care, your child's sealants can help protect teeth for years to come. The success of sealants on your child's teeth will depend on the care they get at home.
Here are some important things that you as parents can do to help ensure the long-term success of sealants:
1) Supervise good brushing habits with no more than a tiny drop
of a fluoride-containing toothpaste. Poor oral hygiene can affect
the sealants. The acids produced by plaque can etch them,
causing sealants to break down over time.
2) Reduce sugar intake. Sticky foods such as Fun Fruits, Fruit
Rolls, candy, sugar, caramel, taffy, chewing gum, etc. eaten too
frequently will etch the sealants in the same way as poor oral
3) Avoid chewing on ice, "jaw-breakers," or other hard substances. This habit can chip the sealants.
After the sealants are applied, the teeth may feel funny to your child (like he/she is biting on something). The sealants will adjust within a few days.