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The dental sealants applied by your son or daughter’s Taylor Wagner Family Dentistry dentist forms a thin film of durable plastic resin to protect the tooth enamel on the biting surface of their back teeth from stuck-on plaque and food particles.

Make sure your son or daughter understands that the dental sealants are only on the occlusal or biting surface of their premolars and molars. The sides of the teeth are still vulnerable to tartar buildup and tooth decay like all of the rest of the teeth in their mouth.

This means that your son or daughter will need to be diligent about and flossing all of their teeth, twice a day. Make sure they include all of the surfaces of their back teeth, as well as flossing behind their last molar. This not only helps to prevent cavities from forming on the unprotected surfaces, but it also helps to prevent complications caused by periodontal disease.

They should still brush the biting surfaces of their back teeth as well. The resin material is designed to be durable and won’t easily be removed by simple brushing. On the average dental sealants can last up to two years.

If you have questions about how to best maintain your son or daughter’s new dental sealants, you can call Taylor Wagner Family Dentistry at 870-972-6985 to set up a consultation.