What Foods Should Your Child Avoid After a Dental Sealant Treatment?

What Foods Should Your Child Avoid After a Dental Sealant Treatment?

To prevent your teeth from suffering any dental problems, dentists use dental sealants, the most common oral material. People often get confused about what they should eat or what to avoid after a dental sealant treatment. Well, it is essential to understand what a dental sealant is and how it can protect our teeth.

What are Dental Sealants?

The chewy surface of the molar teeth contains pits and crevices and can be arduous to clean by brushing and flossing. For this reason, bacteria get stuck into that tooth and could lead to tooth decay. Therefore, the AAPD (American Academic of Pediatrics Dentistry recommended dental sealants to save children from the risk of tooth decay. It is a tough plastic coating applied to the chewing surfaces of the molar tooth. This plastic coating acts as a barrier from plaque and thus decreases the risk of cavities. Applying dental sealants is painless and the sealant can last from two to five years.

Foods to Avoid After Getting Dental Sealants

It takes one to two days for sealants to take up the shape of the tooth. However, after getting your dental sealant done, you will not feel any difference in your teeth. This means that you can sing, eat, talk, play instruments, or can even show your beautiful smile. 

Though no significant changes are required in the diet, you have to avoid certain foods after getting your dental sealants. 

  • Avoid eating hard, sticky, or chewy foods as they can break or chip your newly fitted dental sealants. 
  • Foods like ice, jawbreakers, and other hard candies are a strict no after getting your sealant done.
  • Foods like gummy candy, caramel, and toffee are chewy and sticky. If you eat any of these foods, they can stick to your sealant and remove them from your molar tooth.

Avoiding these foods could make your sealants last longer and make your teeth healthier. However, avoiding the above-mentioned food is not sufficient to prevent your dental sealants from getting damaged. It is also vital to maintain a healthy diet and limit your intake of sugary foods to get your child beautiful and healthy smiling teeth.

Taking care of your little one’s teeth is a difficult task. Thankfully, you can get expert advice on children’s dental care from Aurora Children’s Dentistry.  We offer comprehensive pediatric dental care in Anchorage, AK. Call us at (907) 336-1234 or schedule an appointment online.

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