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CARE OF SEALANTS

Sealants are a plastic material and as such may break 
partially or completely from the tooth. 

To keep the sealants in good condition avoid:

  1. Grinding your teeth
  2. Chewing ice
  3. Popcorn kernels 
  4. Hard and/or sticky candy and foods

    Doing any of the above may result in sealant loss.

Sealants can protect teeth from cavities

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    Sealant retention is about 85% over a three year period.  The most common area of sealant loss is the upper six year molars for children and the molars for adults because two surfaces are sealed and the junction is stressed with chewing.

    Sealants will be repaired as a courtesy if loss should occur up to 6 months after placement.  

     It is recommended you come and see us every six months:

bullet to check the condition of the sealants
bulletreceive a professional cleaning 
bullet oral evaluation.

    Five to ten percent of all sealants will need repair or replacement each year.  This is why visiting your dentist every six months is critical. 

The phosphoric, citric, tartaric and/or carbonic acid in soda in now linked to breaking down the tooth enamel around dental sealants and fillings leading to more extensive dental treatment.*

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     Replacement of sealants is recommended after five years; as the margins or borders of the sealant may begin to leak.

     Sealants are not a guarantee against decay.  However they have been found to be greater than 90% effective in preventing of decay if the above recommendations are followed along with good oral health care and six month visits to the dentist.  

Good oral hygiene is the most important in avoiding decay.   

    If oral hygiene is poor decay may still occur around the sealant or if a sealant is lost.

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February 06, 2008

Picture: Ms.Flossy

* Growing Up in the 21st Century, Dentalnotes, pg 1 Spring 2003

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