Instructions for patients and parents:
1. The sealants that we have applied to your teeth may leave a sour taste in your mouth. This will quickly disappear. You may rinse your mouth with water and/or eat immediately after sealant placement.
2. You will feel the sealant on your teeth at first. Gradually the sealant will wear away from the high points of your teeth and stay in the pits and grooves. This will prevent food impaction that could lead to cavities.
3. Always avoid chewing on ice cubes, jaw breakers, or other very hard and crunchy foods. The sealant may chip or break if these foods are eaten, especially just after placement.
4. It is crucial to remember that sealants only cover the chewing surface of the back teeth. Sealants do not protect the four other surfaces of each tooth. Routine brushing and flossing are still necessary to prevent cavities
5. Sealants can remain in place for many years if they receive proper care. If a sealant is lost, it can be easily replaced.