Did you know that tooth decay is highly prevalent in preschoolers? If this goes untreated, tooth decay in young children can lead to premature tooth loss and childhood periodontal disease. As a parent, how can you make sure that your child is maintaining a healthy mouth?
Dental sealants are a vital tool in preventing issues like tooth decay and the prevention of childhood caries.
It is important to know that the dental sealants should not be used in lieu of a healthy dental hygiene routine because sealants do not directly impact the health of the teeth. So why do we recommend sealants for children? Basically, we use this treatment to protect the molars from oral bacteria and harmful oral acids. Because molars are a difficult area to reach while brushing, especially for kids, decay-causing bacteria have a tendency to build up around these teeth, leading to tooth decay.
When your child’s primary molars emerge, Dr. Fellner will likely coat these teeth in a sealant—which is made of a liquid plastic—to protect the teeth from decay. Typically, depending on the oral habits of the child, the sealants should last until the baby teeth begin falling out. Then, when the permanent teeth begin growing in, Dr. Fellner will all coat them with a sealant.
If you have questions about your child’s dental health or they are due for an exam, please call us and schedule an appointment.