Prevention is the best treatment of all for everyone, especially for your child. And at the office of Dr. Harvey Katz DDS, we believe that adhering to smart strategies is the ideal way to avoid tooth decay, cavities, and all of the problems they can bring with them. Today's small cavities, if not addressed promptly, become tomorrow's large cavities. The result can be infections and even tooth extractions. Our Madison Square kids dental office doesn't want that and we know that you don't either. Sealants are an excellent method for keeping the negative effects of tooth decay from hurting your child.
The first line in prevention in terms of your child's dental health is a proper diet. Eating nutritiously and limiting sugary foods and drinks starts things off the right way. Brushing and flossing every day is also vital as this will remove most of the food particles and plaque that are the main culprits in the formation of cavities. Regular visits to our Madison Square kids dental office, for a complete exam and x-rays will detect signs of tooth decay as soon as possible. Teeth cleanings remove any of the plaque that has managed to hide between teeth and in gum pockets, along with its hardened form, tartar.
The benefit of sealants is that they offer an extra and valuable layer of protection against tooth decay, specifically for your child's back molars. Sealants are thin coatings made out of plastic that are painted onto the part of the teeth that does the chewing. The sealants bond in to the depressions and grooves of your child's teeth, forming a barrier across the enamel that acts to keep out plaque, food particles, and bacteria. Those depressions and grooves are the hardest parts to reach by brushing and flossing and as such are the most susceptible to problems. Our Madison Square kids dental office recommends that children get sealants when their primary molars form, around ages 5 to 7. Because the effects of the process last about 10 years, your child will be protected up to and after their adult molars grow in later on. It only requires one visit and it's not painful. So why wait? Call us today and schedule an appointment.
By the Office of Harvey Katz, DDS & Jason Katz, DDS
October 30, 2016