Keeping your kids cavity-free can be quite the task! Learning how to brush and floss is still a new concept that they are learning. And, let’s face it, kids aren’t the best at following through with consistent hygiene routines. Then, on top of that, you have to worry about genetic factors as well. For instance, if you have struggled with cavities, then chances are your kids will also have trouble with cavities as well. If you are worried about your kid and cavities, then you may want to consider dental sealants.
Approximately 40% of children will develop at least one cavity by the time that they start school. This is due to improper teeth brushing and flossing as well as high levels of sugar intake. Bacteria in the mouth in our mouth are designed to excrete acid whenever sugar is consumed, which can wreak havoc on your teeth, if not cleaned properly.
Dental sealants work exactly the way that they sound. They seal off your teeth, protecting them from the harmful effects of sugar consumption and poor teeth brushing. Even if your kid is a champion tooth brusher and flosser, you may still want to consider dental sealants. This is because bacteria like to hide in the tiny, little hard-to-reach crevices in the mouth that even phenomenal teeth brushing will not reach.
Our advice is to wait until your child’s first molars erupt. This normally will happen at about six years of age. As soon as you believe that your child is ready for sealants, be proactive. The sooner your child is able to get dental sealants, the less exposure to harmful bacteria will occur. And, the best part is that the procedure is quick and painless.
Contact our clinic today if you have any questions or concerns about the services that we offer. We look forward to hearing from you and helping your family with all of their dental needs.