Since 40 percent of kids develop cavities before they enter kindergarten, it is safe to say a child’s risk of tooth decay is quite high. Too many sugary snacks and poor oral care can cause serious damage to primary teeth, bad genetics can also contribute to the problem.
Baby teeth serve to protect the underlying permanent teeth. The second set of choppers are intended to last a lifetime. Therefore, it is important to keep them strong and healthy. One way to lower the risk of tooth decay in kids is to apply dental sealants to the back molars.
Our back teeth tend to have deep pits and grooves. Those areas are difficult to clean with regular brushing. All those crevices are great places for harmful bacteria to thrive. Tooth sealant application can help by serving as a barrier against food debris, plaque, and bacteria. Dental sealants don’t replace good oral hygiene practices, it adds more reliance to back teeth against damaging decay.
Primetime for sealant application in children is soon after their permanent back teeth erupt. This usually happens around six years of age. The sooner dental sealants are applied, the less chance of bacteria build up in hard to reach surfaces.
It is easy to apply sealant material to teeth. The process is fast, simple, painless and noninvasive. First, your Granville, OH dentist or hygienist will perform professional teeth cleaning. Then, the treatment areas will be dried before being brushed with the clear gel. The protective coating is brushed onto the deepest biting surfaces of adult molars. A special curing light is used to harden the material. Dental sealants have the potential to last 5–10 years or more with careful monitoring. We check the condition of sealants at every routine dental exam.
Always remember, tooth sealants are added protection intended to be used in conjunction with everyday brushing and flossing. Sealants only one part of a bigger equation. In addition, a healthy balanced diet with only occasional sugary treats will make it more difficult for cavities to form. Also, never forget regularly scheduled dental visits to allow your Granville dentist to detect and treat problems early.
At Village Family Dental we are all about protecting young smiles!