How Sealants Help Preserve Children’s Teeth
Beautiful Teeth Begins in Childhood
Most children have poor motor skills and/or oral hygiene habits. This contributes to the rising number of school-age caries. This is why it is important to consider dental sealants for children, as it helps prevent cavity development over the course of many years.
Dr. Phillipe and Dr. Hauser Talk About Cavities in Children
Dr. Phillipe and Dr. Hauser have restored the teeth of thousands of children with dental caries. According to Lakefront Family Dentistry’s resident expert, there are only 18% of school-age children who have dental sealants. Therefore, those that don’t are at greater risk of developing cavities, which may destroy their temporary or, even worse, permanent dentition.
Our dentists note that many parents are not well informed about this option. The lack of information could put their children’s oral health at risk. This is why the best dentist makes sure to advise parents to bring their children in for regular check-ups as soon as they turn 6 months old. This will allow our doctors to monitor their teeth and come up with the best preventative plan over their lifetime.
Independence and Sealants
At an early age, parents should teach their children the value of self-reliance and oral health independence, as this will help them develop into the responsible adult. However, when it comes to brushing their teeth at a very young age, they may need our guidance until they are approximately nine years old. This is when children develop sufficient motor skills, which allows them to wield their toothbrush and dental floss properly.
Unfortunately, children whose parents don’t monitor them as they brush their teeth are more likely to suffer from dental problems as they age. This is due to the early degradation caused by improper brushing techniques and failure to debride their teeth of plaque.
Save money and your children’s oral health by taking the time to monitor their oral healthcare regime. Our kids dentists provide education to parents and their children during your checkup appointment.
How Dental Sealants Help
If caries are left untreated, it provides bacteria with the perfect entry way. This allows it to travel deeper into the tooth. Once it gains access to the circulatory system via the blood supply of the pulp, it can infect other parts of the body. This may include the heart, brain and other vital organs.
This is why dental sealants are a must in children. The clear liquid solution is painted over the teeth to act as an extra shield against harmful bacteria and high acidity, which are the major causes of tooth decay. Even so, please note that they should never be considered as an alternative to regular dental visits, brushing and flossing.
Studies show that 85% of school-age children have dental caries. Since those who have dental sealants are less likely to develop cavities, this should provide parents with the peace of mind that they have gone the extra mile to keep their children’s teeth cavity-free.
Dr. Phillipe, DDS, and Dr. Hauser, DDS, believe one of the best gifts a parent can give their children is a healthy dose of self-esteem. A child with a healthy smile is less likely to feel inferior to his or her peers. This added trait of confidence can ensure his or her success in school and in future goals/accomplishments.
If you live in the Inland Empire, visit Lakefront Family Dentistry and have your children’s teeth checked by the best kids dentist office in the Inland Empire. You can schedule an appointment online or do so by calling (951) 244-9495.