Prevention is absolutely vital when it comes to maintaining strong, healthy, cavity-free teeth. Minimal effort taken to proactively avoid problems is way more efficient than having to treat the situation after the face. Here at Queens Children Dentist, among the methods we use for preventive care is the application of sealants.
You should always start by assessing your child’s nutrition. Sugars and starches consumed lead to the growth of dental plaque on his or her teeth. Plaque is invisible and sticky. It’s also stubborn, clinging and hiding away between teeth and in gum pockets, where it can turn into tartar at some point. Together, plaque and tartar work to erode your child’s precious tooth enamel with their acids. Our Woodhaven dentist for kids recommends that your child brush her or his teeth first thing in the morning and last thing before bedtime, along with a thorough flossing at bedtime. Brushing after meals is also advisable. The less plaque there is, the less tartar can build up. Your child should have a twice-yearly oral examination and teeth cleaning by our Woodhaven dentist for kids. The eradication of tartar from a cleaning makes future cavities less likely, and with the help of periodic x-rays, existing cavities will be diagnosed and filled in a timely manner. Sealants can be done after a cleaning. They’re painted onto the surface of your child’s back teeth, particularly in the grooves and depressions that are difficult to reach with a toothbrush and dental floss. The treatment is not painful at all, and the effects of it can last for as long as 10 years.
Sealants represent yet another way that our Woodhaven dentist for kids makes it easier for you to optimize your child’s dental well-being. Why not contact our office right now and schedule your next visit for an examination, cleaning, and application of sealant?