Glass Ionomer Fissure Sealants vs. Resin-Based Sealants
According to a review published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, glass ionomer sealants and resin-based sealants are equally effective in preventing tooth decay. However, resin-based sealants do tend to last longer.
So why would someone want to use glass ionomer sealants? Well, one major benefit is that they release fluoride. Fluoride is a mineral that reduces cavities and can even repair the early stages of tooth decay.
Another benefit is that resin-based sealants need to be applied to a dry tooth. Molars can be difficult to dry for various reasons, especially in an emerging tooth. Because one of the ingredients of glass-ionomer is water, saliva isn’t an issue in the setting of the seal.
Sealing teeth is not the end-all-be-all answer to preventing tooth decay, but seals can help during the years when your child finds it difficult to reach their emerging teeth to brush them properly. The best-positioned person to make a sealant recommendation for your child’s needs is your dental professional. Ask them what material they recommend and why they recommend it. And be sure to teach your child to brush twice a day. Encourage them to use a floss holder and interdental brushes if they have a gap between their teeth. Antimicrobial mouthrinses and tongue scrapers are other great tools to help them practice good oral hygiene. By passing along a good set of habits and bringing your child to their dental professional for regular checkups, you’ll put them on a path of lifelong oral health you both can smile about.