The American Dental Association states that sealing adult teeth as soon as they emerge in kids’ smiles will help keep them “cavity free from the start.”
If you haven’t already, you’ll likely hear your local dentist or dental hygienist recommending dental sealants for your kids during their next checkup.
What Are Sealants?
A dental sealant is a tiny layer of white plastic-like material that bonds with the chewing surface of a back tooth (molar.) It takes less than a couple of minutes to seal a tooth and it requires no drilling or anesthesia.
Sealing a tooth fills in deep grooves on the chewing surface. These areas can be too deep for a toothbrush to reach. If toothbrush bristles can’t clean out those fissures, then they become prime hideouts for cavity-causing bacteria and acids.
Benefits of Sealing Teeth
Why Seal Early?
Baby teeth don’t necessarily need sealants. They can be kept clean enough with proper brushing, thanks to their anatomy. But new adult teeth are at a higher risk.
Kids tend to have a hard time brushing their teeth thoroughly twice a day. Sealants give them a bit of an advantage by lowering a tooth’s cavity risk even if the brushing routine is spotty.
Your child will have their adult teeth for the rest of their life. As much as possible, you want to spare them the expense and discomfort of having to treat tooth decay later on. Sealants are a great way to help your child enjoy a healthy smile for years.
Ask your dentist whether your child is ready to have his or her back teeth treated with protective sealants.
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Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
Some kids get their teeth earlier than others. It’s a very individualized process that depends simply on the body’s own timing. Even twins can differ in their tooth development.
Generally, girls tend to switch out teeth sooner than boys.
Knowing what to expect can help you keep you in-tune with your child’s oral health and natural tooth development.
First molars are the first adult teeth you can usually expect to see. These adult molars will show up at the very back of your child’s current set of teeth around 6 or 7 years of age.
Around the same time, the front four teeth on top and bottom will loosen by turn and fall out to make room for the grown-up versions.
Next, the lower canines (“eye teeth”) will take a turn swapping out (usually between the ages of 9-10 years old).
All of the adult premolars (bicuspids) will come in anywhere from 10-12 years of age. The upper canines should also come in at about this time.
Lastly, the second molars will erupt when your child is around 12-13 years old.
Again, these ages can vary from child to child and between genders. However, having an age-range to base it on can alert you to any problems that your child is experiencing in terms of tooth development.
No matter when the teeth arrive, your child’s smile needs maintenance through regular dental appointments. At checkups, the dentist will make sure all teeth are healthy, clean and developing normally. X-rays reveal if there are any problems with the adult teeth poised to replace baby teeth and are an essential part of the examination process.
Contact your child’s dentist to schedule an exam to learn exactly where your son or daughter is at in tooth development.
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Preston Sherry Dental Associates
6134 Sherry Ln
Dallas, TX 75225
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