Although there are many ways to prevent tooth decay, getting a cavity as a child isn’t uncommon. Since kids are always trying new foods, it seems they invariably love sugar-laden cereals and snacks. This means bacteria that creates decay is always lurking near their teeth, ready to attack.
However, our dentists at Miller Family Dental may suggest dental sealants to prevent your little ones from getting cavities.
A dental sealant is a liquid plastic coating that our dentist in Torrance, CA brushes onto the chewing surfaces of your child’s teeth. It gets into the crevices of teeth to ensure that food particles, bacteria, or sugars from colas and juices cannot reside there and produce tooth decay.
As the solution dries onto the teeth, it produces an impenetrable barrier. However, after a while, it can wear off the teeth or get holes in it. Fortunately, this barrier is easy to repair. All our dentist at Miller Family Dental needs to do is brush more of the solution where it is wearing out or has a hole in it. Then it hardens over the old spot and keeps protecting their teeth.
When a child’s baby teeth fall out, and their permanent teeth have erupted, then our dentists in Torrance, CA may recommend sealants for his or her teeth. Since the sealant usually goes onto the chewing surfaces of the teeth, then the premolars and molars are the teeth that are usually sealed, although any tooth can get decay and should get sealed.
The first permanent molars start erupting when a child is between the ages of five and seven, so they can get the sealant brushed onto their teeth at that age. As the premolars and molars keep coming in, then our dentist can update the sealant to protect their teeth.
The second set of premolars and molars come in around the ages of 10 to 14. The third set of molars, the wisdom teeth, may come in between the ages of 17 to 21. However, some people never have these molars erupt or get them at all.
If you want to reduce the chances of cavities in your child’s life, consult with our dentists at Miller Family Dental in Torrance, CA about dental sealants.