Parents known that a child’s oral health is vital to their overall physical health. Some people take dental health for granted, but the health of teeth and gums is highly important, particularly when a child is still growing.
What are Sealants?
The mouth has many small crevices that are difficult or even impossible to reach when brushing and flossing. Sealants are plastic coatings that protect these dental nooks and grooves from bacteria that cause tooth decay. They are applied to the chewing surface of permanent molars. Permanent molars normally appear in the mouth between the ages of 6 and 8. Secondary molars usually grow in during the ages of 10 to 12.
Do All Children Require Sealants?
No, not every child requires sealants to maintain good oral health. If a child is prone to tooth decay, however, sealants are very beneficial.
Health risks can be genetic, so the first thing to consider is whether tooth decay or disease runs in the family. A child’s personal eating and hygiene habits are also important to consider. Do they consume a lot of junk food, sweets, and candy? Is it a challenge to get the child to brush and floss daily? Genetic histories of tooth decay, poor hygiene and poor diet can all put children at risk for tooth decay.
Sealants help greatly in the prevention of cavities, especially when they are applied to the primary and secondary molars. Just remember that proper diet, oral hygiene and regular teeth cleanings are the first line of defense against tooth decay!
If you feel like you or your child may benefit from sealants, or if you’re in need of dental services, schedule an appointment with at a Modern Family Dental Care office in the Charlotte area today!