Torrance pediatric dentist
Preventive care is the top priority here at Children’s Dental Group. It’s far better to keep tooth decay from occurring, rather than having to treat it after the face. Once tooth decay occurs, there is the risk of toothaches, infections, and early loss of baby teeth. Our Torrance pediatric dentist recommends a comprehensive strategy and dental sealant is a big part of it.
The first line of defense in the battle against tooth decay and the resulting cavities is good nutrition. Sugar is fuel for the formation of dental plaque, the filmy bacteria that is the primary cause of decay. Sugar is obvious in some things, like cookies and candy, but less obvious in condiments such as ketchup. Even 100% fruit juice is still loaded with sugar. Keep a close watch on how much sugar your child consumes, and make sure that he or she brushes effectively. Our Torrance pediatric dentist will show her or him the best way to brush and floss so that most of the plaque is removed as a result. Plaque is sticky and sneaky, though, hiding out of reach, where it then turns into hardened tartar. Unfortunately, there is no way to efficiently eliminate tartar with at-home oral hygiene. For that reason, you need to bring your child in for a visit to see our Torrance pediatric dentist twice per year for a teeth cleaning. Where dental sealants come in is that they form a barrier against the effects of plaque and tartar, making cavities less likely to occur. Sealants are liquid plastic that is painted on your child’s teeth and then hardened. Typically, it is the back teeth that get them, and the sealant finds its way into the grooves and depressions where it’s hard for brushing and flossing to reach.
Why not call us today and set up an appointment for your child to come in for a teeth cleaning and application of dental sealants?
Pediatric Dentist in Carson
Childhood is a very delicate time for your child’s teeth and protecting them from the ravages of tooth decay and the cavities they form is a primary goal. We’re committed to helping you keep your child’s teeth in top condition so that they will not cause any pain and will fall out on their normal schedule. Our pediatric dentist in Carson wants everything to run smoothly in the transition from primary (baby) teeth to permanent (adult) teeth. There are many methods we use to make that a reality, and one of them is the use of dental sealants.
Preventing cavities begins, of course, at home. Our pediatric dentist in Carson will work with you to develop a strategy that includes a nutritious diet, limiting sugary treats and beverages, and dedication to brushing after meals as well as daily flossing. Coming in with your child every periodically (typically every six months) for a checkup is also essential. But the reality is that sometimes she or he may need some extra help. That’s where dental sealants come in.
If you’re not familiar, we’re referring to a thin coating that is made out of plastic. Our pediatric dentist in Carson will paint it onto the part of your child’s teeth that do the chewing. Generally, the back teeth are the ones that will require this process. Dental sealant bonds into the depressions and grooves of your child’s teeth. These are the spots that are very trick to clean thoroughly during brushing and flossing. The sealant forms a barrier across his or her enamel and works to keep out the effects of plaque: namely tooth decay.
And if you’re worried about how your child will react, let us assure you that it’s not at all painful or complicated. Ins’t that a relief? Our pediatric dentist in Carson by cleaning your child’s teeth and then drying them completely. Cotton or its equivalent will be used to maintain dryness. An acid solution is then applied to the chewing surfaces to make them rougher and allow for more effective bonding of the sealant. Rinsing and drying follow, and then the painting of the sealant. A curing light may be used to facilitate bonding.