The posterior teeth of young children are always most susceptible to bacterial attacks and decay. This happens mostly because children are unable to maintain proper oral hygiene on their own, and because their diet often includes high levels of carbohydrates and sugars. When food debris is allowed to accumulate on dental surfaces, in absence of proper oral hygiene and combined with several other factors, it creates an ideal environment for bacterial to colonize and initiate the process of caries.
Fortunately, there are a number of ways in which tooth decay in children can effectively be prevented, and these include:
- Teaching kids about the benefits of maintaining good oral hygiene
- Taking them to the dentist for routine dental check-ups, and to help them gain acquaintance and comfort with the team
- Helping them maintain oral hygiene at home by demonstrating correct brushing and flossing techniques
- Fissure/Dental Sealants
What are Dental Sealants and how do they work?
The dental sealant treatment is a highly effective preventive procedure that works well for children, as well as for adults with disabilities, or simply those who are unable to maintain optimal oral hygiene themselves. It is non-invasive, non-irritant, quick, and completely painless.
The process involves the application of a thin layer of a resin-based restorative material on the occlusal/biting surfaces of the molars (large teeth at the far back of the oral cavity). The material is then allowed to harden. This creates an additional protective layer over the enamel of the tooth, thus combating bacterial attacks, and preventing formation of caries. With proper maintenance, this resin layer can last in the oral cavity for several years, but should it break or wear off over time, it can easily be re-applied.
If you are concerned about the dental health of your children, and wish to give them extra protection against tooth decays and caries at an early age, call us today to learn all about Dental Fissure Sealants!