As children grow and develop, their mouths go through many changes as well as their bodies. One such change is the replacement of primary, or baby, teeth with permanent teeth. In addition, permanent molar teeth emerge from the gums in the back of the mouth. Due to the hard-to-reach location of these molars and the fact that they feature many crevices and ridges, it can be difficult for children to properly brush and floss them on their own. Unfortunately, this can result in plaque buildup, which eventually leads to tooth decay and the development of cavities.
One way to prevent children from developing cavities in their molars is to apply dental sealants to these teeth. Dr. Ayesha Farooq and the staff at Maple Tree Dental provides dental sealants for kids to protect their molars and maintain optimal oral health.
Dental sealants are a technique designed to prevent cavities from forming in back teeth as a result of plaque buildup and tooth decay. A protective coating is applied to the surface of permanent molars in order to “seal” the teeth. The sealants create a barrier so that these teeth are less vulnerable to decay. As a preventive measure, this helps younger patients avoid dental procedures and treatments such as dental fillings for cavities.
It’s important for both parents and their children to understand that applying dental sealants to molars is a preventive measure that reduces the chances of developing cavities in these teeth. However, sealants are not a replacement for proper oral hygiene habits at home. Regular and thorough brushing and flossing every day is essential for children to maintain their oral health and fight the effects of tooth decay. In addition, children should avoid sugary food and drinks as much as possible—even if their molars are protected with dental sealants.
Whether you are in search of a family or cosmetic dentist, our dentist in Easton provides a number of professional services for all age groups to ensure quality oral health. For more information about tooth sealants with Dr. Ayesha Farooq, contact Maple Tree Dental.