March 4th, 2014
Worried about your child’s oral health? Childhood tooth decay is often a common concern. Sealants can help calm your worries!
Dental sealants are plastic coatings, which usually are placed on premolars and molars for the purpose of preventing tooth decay. Your child’s primary and permanent molars have grooves on them where plaque accumulates, and thus are more susceptible to decay. Sealants provide an extra layer of protection by forming a smooth surface along the grooved areas.
Children are great candidates for sealants! Since sealants can protect the teeth from decay for up to 10 years, a good time for your child to get sealants is around the ages of 5 and 7 when their permanent molars and premolars begin to grow in. Sealants are both simple and painless to apply. Balanced with daily brushing, a healthy diet, and regular dental visits, sealants are an effective tool in preventing cavities! Sealants need to be checked for wear at regular dental check-ups, and can be easily replaced. If you can prevent tooth decay in your child’s teeth early, you can easily help them to avoid treatments for decay later in life!
Your little ones and teens are welcome to visit our pediatric dentist Dr. Kim or Dr.Pradhan. Dr. Emad is happy to help with your orthodontic needs. For wisdom teeth extractions or any other oral surgery needs Dr. Ghazi would be more than willing to help.
February 12th, 2013
Sure, they may have baby teeth that will fall out soon enough; however, prioritizing good oral health practices in your children early on is important. Building good habits in your kids will positively influence their overall health for years to come. So what can you do now to help your child’s future?
- Make sure they brush twice a day every day and start flossing early on so they get into the habit now. Plaque, a bacterial film, builds up and in between the teeth, so consistent removal is important. If plaque is left to sit, it can cause decay and gum problems.
- Make an appointment for your child’s first visit if you haven’t yet. It’s a good idea to make an appointment as soon as the child’s first tooth comes in or no later than their first birthday.
- Set a good example by prioritizing your own oral health and remember, the way in which you talk about the dentist will affect your child’s expectations of their own dental visits. By staying positive and sharing good experiences with your child, you will keep your child at ease. Going to a dentist is a positive thing and it’s great when children look forward to it. Ask you dental office if you can bring your child beforehand for a show and tell! Help your dentist build a lasting relationship with your child.
- Watch what your child eats. Sugars don’t come solely from candy and juices. In fact, a recent study discovered that the food that causes the most cavities isn't sweet at all, crackers. Most crackers are highly processed foods and are a feasting ground for bacteria, which deteriorates tooth enamel. A better option for your children are whole grains, unprocessed foods and be sure to stay away from sticky foods, which can get caught between teeth and within the groves of the tooth surface.
Oral hygiene is an integral part of the day, like eating breakfast. Help your child set him/herself apart from the alarming number of children who have tooth decay. In fact, according to the CDC, 25% of children between the ages of 2-5 have tooth decay. With better oral health practices from the start, this can change.
For more great health tips, please visit the ADA's website. If you want an in depth guide, go to this wonderful resource from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists that goes from pacifiers to fluoride treatments.