Dental Sealants: Protect Your Child’s Teeth Before Trouble Begins
Because of the shape of their teeth, cavities are common among small children. When the molars come out at around six years of age, there are deep crannies on the surfaces. These cracks and pits become so deep that normal toothbrush bristles are not able to clean them properly. And since they cannot be cleaned well, bacteria and other germs start to call them home.
Another thing that causes cavities are the eating habits of kids that involves a lot of snacks and sweets. Also, by six years of age, this is also the time when kids start to brush their own teeth. With that said, they may not be doing it properly and not as often as needed. This is why it’s important for adults to supervise kids when they brush their teeth.
One good solution to these cavities caused by the bacteria in the deep small crannies on the molars is to get dental sealants. When applied, these dental sealants will be an armor for the teeth. They work best when applied once the teeth erupt. The sealant, which comes in liquid form, will fill in the crannies, preventing any bacteria from getting in.
Children will be happy to know that dental sealants does not involve surgery. In fact, it can be applied by either a family dentist or a registered dental hygienist. An application of dental sealant does not cause any pain, and it is fast and easy. This is a good step to ensure your kids have good teeth in the future.
However, just because your kid, among over 46,000 residents, got dental sealants from a dentist in Murray Utah that does not mean that he can now eat whatever he wants as much as he wants. Sealants are preventive measures and act as magic force fields, but brushing and flossing at least twice a day is still recommended. Doing them after each meal is even better. It is ideal that kids as young as two years old start to brush their teeth.
Another thing that can help the oral hygiene of a child is a proper diet. Calcium is very important for strong bones, and it is the same for the teeth. Eating a lot of cheese, yogurt, and dairy products will help. Fluoride is also important in cleaning your kid’s teeth. Ask your water provider about a fluoridated water supply. Your Murray dentist can only do so much. It is really up to you and your kid to maintain healthy teeth at its optimum level.
For more information on dental sealants and getting a dentist Murray Utah is proud to have, visit ada.org where you can know about dentists and news on oral health.
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