Sealants are placed to act as a barrier, protecting the teeth against decay-causing bacteria. The sealants are applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (premolars and molars) where decay occurs most. Sealants are used to protect both children and adults from trapping harmful bacteria.
How long do dental sealants last?
Sealants used on your teeth are typically designed to last over 10 years, but the actual lifespan is dependent on several different factors that include oral hygiene habits, diet, and the quality of the sealant.
In this way, it is rather easy to protect your teeth from damage by ensuring that dental sealants last as long as possible. Here are some simple things you can do to help your sealant last longer:
- Brush twice daily
During your daily oral hygiene routine, brushing is the most important step. As you eat, food particles stick to your teeth and need to be removed with a toothbrush. Eventually, bacteria in your mouth will break down these food particles into acids, converting them into acids on your teeth. Any dental sealant you have on your teeth will be eaten away by these acids.
- Use a quality mouthwash
Your daily oral hygiene routine should include an antibacterial mouthwash. Food particles and sugars convert into acids in the mouth that can damage your dental sealants and teeth. By using mouthwash, you reduce the bacteria in your mouth.
- Avoid sugary items
Foods such as sugar can damage your teeth more than any other substance, and dental adhesives are no exception. The bacteria in your mouth convert sugary foods and beverages into acids when they are consumed. You get most of your sugar from sodas, candy, and desserts. Whenever you eat something sweet, make sure to brush your teeth afterward.
- Avoid chewing on hard substances
The habitual chewing of things one should not chew is common in many people. No matter if your teeth have dental sealants installed or not, this is not good. Take steps to improve your habits immediately. Biting your nails and chewing on ice are both bad habits you should stop right away. If you apply a dental sealant to your teeth, anything that is bad for them gets even worse.