The best way to prevent cavities is by teaching your child to brush and floss their teeth everyday. Building good oral hygiene habits they can practice into adulthood is key to achieving a bright, healthy smile. However, there is another safeguard that we as pediatric dentists use in our general dentistry services to help fight against tooth decay: dental sealants. Our Pediatrics on Park specialists use dental sealants to protect the teeth and prevent cavities from forming.
Dental sealants are not meant to act as a substitute for your child’s daily teeth brushing and flossing routine, however they are a good additional measure to protect your child’s teeth. Dental sealants are thin, plastic coatings that are painted directly on the teeth. When you bring your child into our office for a dental sealant, we will place them over the grooved and pitted areas that exist in premolars and molars. Sometimes this area can be too narrow for a toothbrush to reach, making it more challenging to clean, and all the more reason why dental sealants are an important preventative measure.
Dental sealants can help protect your child’s teeth from decay for up to 10 years. Your Pediatrics on Park specialist will monitor the sealants condition and make recommendations if they need to be reapplied sooner than that. A child’s first molar typically breaks through around the age of six, while the second molar appears closer to age 12. We recommend that children between the ages of six and fourteen be proactive about sealing the teeth sooner rather than later.
If you’d like to take the first step to protecting your child’s teeth, contact us. We proudly serve the South Plainfield, Edison, Metuchen, Piscataway, Fords, Fanwood, and surrounding New Jersey areas. You can always count on Pediatrics on Park to care for your child as our own.