Does My Child Need Sealants?
Tooth decay plagues most people in the United States and children in particular, because the enamel on newly erupted molars is not as hard as that of adult teeth. As such, youngsters get more cavities on their back teeth. Your Framingham, MA, dentists, Dr. Paul Hubley and Dr. James Cinamon, often advise coating young back teeth with plastic sealants. Could your child benefit from this easy preventive service from Cinamon & Hubley Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry?
Where cavities happen
Tooth decay occurs where food particles collect. Plaque and tartar happen in between teeth, at the gum line and also on teeth which are deeply grooved and pitted, such as molars. Molars are created for the hard work of chewing, and so their topmost surfaces are uneven--the perfect collection point for bacteria-laden plaque and tartar. In fact, more than 40 percent of tooth decay in young children happens to molars.
Preventing tooth decay
Your Framingham dentist advocates diligent oral hygiene practices at home beginning in babyhood. That means Mom and Dad brush and floss their children's teeth until they are old enough to do so themselves. Also, Dr. Cinamon and Dr. Hubley ask parents to bring youngsters to the office for routine check-ups starting when the first baby erupts and every six months thereafter just like other family members.
In addition, a low-carb and low-sugar diet reduces plaque and tartar formation and the acids given off by oral bacteria. Children should drink water throughout the day and not sugary sodas or sports drinks.
The role of dental sealants
For extra protection against pediatric tooth decay, your Framingham dentists frequently employ clear plastic sealants. These painted on coatings effectively seal back teeth for as long as ten years, making them very cavity-resistant.
If your child would benefit from sealants, Dr. Cinamon or Dr. Hubley will apply them in just one short dental visit. The hygienist cleans and dries the teeth first. Then, the doctor applies an etching liquid to the chewing surfaces, followed by the sealant itself. A final hardening by a special blue light finishes the process.
Thinking about sealants?
Why not ask your Framingham, MA, dentist about them the next time you bring your child to Cinamon & Hubley Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry? The doctor will explain the process so you understand the benefits of this modern preventive service. Call the office for an appointment at (508) 872-1422.