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What is a sealant?
Your child's teeth from birth to Age 6
Your child's baby teeth are important. These teeth help your child chew and speak normally. Baby teeth also hold space in the jaw for the adult teeth to come in later.
Unless you have a specific concern, we recommened your child's first visit to be around age 3. By then most children have a full set of 20 teeth, and they are emotionally ready for their fist dental experience.
To keep your child's teeth healthy and cavity free follow these tips:
Clean your child's teeth daily. The American Dental Association recommends that YOU brush your child's teeth until he/she is at least 6 years old. If your child isn't able to tie their shoe, they shouldn't brush their teeth alone.
NEVER put your child to bed with a bottle or training cup.
DO NOT dip your child's pacifier in sugar, honey or other foods.
Do not let your child sip sugary liquids (milk, juice, juice boxes) often.
Your child's teeth from Ages 6 to 12
Children who have healthy teeth are more likely to have healthy teeth as adults. The habits that a child learns will stick with them for life. That's why it is crucial to take good care of their teeth during childhood.
At around age 6, children will begin to lose their bottom and top front teeth. By age 12, they will usually lose the last of the 20 baby teeth. Their first adult teeth usually come in between ages 6-7.
Diet & Your Child's Teeth
Bacteria in the mouth use the sugar in foods and drinks to make acid that attacks the teeth. Snacking and sipping frequently means more acid attacks and a higher risk for tooth decay. Limit sugary snacks and drinks for your child.
Protect Teeth with Sealants & Fluoride
A sealant is a material that is applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth where decay occurs most often. When teeth are treated with sealants, they are less likely to get cavities. Sealants can be applied quickly and painlessly.
Children can also get added protection from fluoride if they get it from more than one source. Fluoride can be found in anticavity toothpastes, moutrinses and treatments applied in the dental office.