Children are at higher risk for cavities and tooth decay than adults because their enamel is thinner and they tend to eat a more sugary and acidic diet. Tooth decay happens because of inadequate oral hygiene practices.
When you don’t brush and floss often enough or if you do it improperly, you will leave food particles behind. This causes plaque buildup, which is made of bacteria. This bacteria will feed off of the food that was left behind in the mouth, converting sugars into acids that break down the enamel. Over time, this forms holes in the teeth, known as cavities. This is why eating a lot of sugar increases your risk of cavities. Don’t worry, your Jupiter pediatric dentist can help.
Remember how we said left-behind food particles are the culprit? Well, the rear molars have significantly more pits and grooves than your other teeth. This makes them prone to trapping food and bacteria and it also makes it more difficult to clean these surfaces.
Because the surface isn’t smooth, you have to spend extra time with your toothbrush to work into the pits and grooves. Dental sealants are clear plastic coatings that are placed on these molars to trap out plaque, food particles, and acids. They also make the tooth much smoother so you can easily clean them.
Sealants greatly reduce your child’s risk of developing cavities, especially in the first 2-4 years of placement. Two years after placing dental sealants, you block out 80% of cavities. In four years, you block out 50%. The procedure is also minimally invasive, painless, and blends in with natural teeth. It only takes a few minutes to apply them, they’re completely safe, and they don’t require any drilling or anesthetic.
We always recommend that parents have their children get dental sealants as soon as their first and second permanent molars come through at 6 and 12 years old. This will make them as effective as possible in preventing cavities before they ever begin.
While this is the ideal time to place them, it’s never too late. Even adults can get dental sealants at any time in life. When these molars first erupt, the risk of tooth decay greatly increases. By getting dental sealants proactively, you are protecting your child’s oral health and saving time and money on complex and invasive procedures that could have been needed later on.
Dental sealants can last for up to 10 years, but they can also become damaged, chipped, or dislodged much sooner than that depending on your oral hygiene and lifestyle. This is why you must attend regular dental checkups and cleanings so you know when you need to have them repaired or replaced.
To care for your sealants, you should brush your teeth with a soft-bristle toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste, and floss once a day. If you grind your teeth, you are likely to wear away your sealants much faster or even damage your teeth.
If you suffer from bruxism, you will need to wear a night guard when you sleep. To reduce wear and tear, you should abstain from eating a lot of hard, crunchy, and sticky foods. Don’t use your teeth to open packages or chew on ice, for example.
If your child just got their first or second permanent molars, we recommend that you place dental sealants to prevent their risk of cavities. Contact us at The Little Royals: Dentistry for Kids today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sal or Yasi Colombo.
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