The pediatric dentist’s first concern is ensuring that kids and teens have a healthy, attractive and functional oral environment, whatever the child’s general health or psychological state of development.
We are committed to improving the dental health of young children by staying abreast of the latest professional advances and sharing this information with dental generalists and the public. It has, for example, helped abolish the belief that children should only start seeing a dentist at age 3 or 4 by demonstrating that it would be best for appointments to begin when kids are one year old. The benefits of this approach have been clearly proven and parents are beginning to catch on.
Pediatric dentistry is unique in that it pertains to constantly growing patients. Children’s teeth evolve just like their minds. Consequently, they will be very different at the age of 3, than at 7, 9 or 14.
Sealants are a great way to protect against tooth decay and cavities on your back teeth (molars). These are the teeth that are most vulnerable to cavities and decay because they are used in the chewing process, and are the most difficult to reach and clean. Molars first come in at around 5-7 years of age, with a second set coming in between the ages of 11-14. It is best to have a sealant placed when the molars first come in to ensure they are protected early.
To place a sealant an adhesive is first applied to the teeth. The sealant is then placed over the adhesive as a liquid, as if it is painted right onto the tooth. The liquid then hardens and creates a barrier between your tooth and any plaque, food particles, and bacteria. Sealants last for about 10 years and can be reapplied if necessary.