If you are a parent, you probably know how difficult it is to get children to brush and floss regularly. On top of that, young children often lack the necessary motor skills to properly care for their teeth. Smithson Valley Family Dentistry wants your whole family to have excellent dental health, so here’s some information on how your Spring Branch dentist can help protect your kids from tooth decay. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation, please give us a call.
In the back teeth, there are numerous nooks and crannies that toothbrushes can’t quite get to. Referred to as pits and fissures, these areas on the chewing surfaces of the molars and premolars are particularly susceptible to tooth decay in children between the ages of 6 and 14. Food can easily get stuck in the tiny grooves and remain for long periods of time, which, combined with bacteria, creates the perfect environment for tooth decay and cavities.
Dental sealants are thin coatings of plastic applied directly to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. By covering areas where pit and fissure cavities are likely to form, dental sealants effectively seal out tooth decay and prevent cavities in these areas. Dental sealants are an excellent boost for dental health. Spring Branch dentist Dr. Jared Wright recommends children get sealants as soon as their first and second sets of permanent molars come in (usually at 6 and 12 years of age, respectively).
The process is quick and painless:
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