Primary teeth and Sealants
Not all children get the same teeth at the same time. Your child’s teeth may erupt earlier or later than what we have below.
Most Children have stages when they have a mix of primary and permanent teeth. During this stage the smile can look uneven. A healthy smile is a part of your child’s overall health. Children need strong healthy teeth to chew their food, speak and smile. Your child’s teeth also give shape to his or her face.
Keeping your child’s mouth clean
After each feeding wipe the baby’s gum with a clean damp gauze or wash cloth. This will help remove plaque bits of food that can harm new teeth. When your child’s teeth erupt brush them gently with a child size toothbrush.
Baby’s first visit
Contact us to talk to Dr. Lee about your child’s first visit. It is a good idea that their first visit is within 6 months of their first baby tooth, no later than their first birthday.
What causes Tooth Decay in Primary Teeth?
Bacteria in the mouth changes the sugar in foods and drinks into acid that attacks the teeth. Decay in baby teeth can cause pain. If decay is not treated it can destroy the teeth of a infant or young child. If a child has decay in primary teeth he or she is more likely to have decay on their permanent teeth as well.
Where Decay Likes to Hide
One of the most common places that tooth decay develops is on the chewing surface of the back teeth; the premolars and molar. When you run your tongue along the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, you can feel depressions and grooves. These indentations, are called pits and fissures, help to grind food. However, its difficult to keep the pits and fissure clean. That’s because toothbrush bristles cant reach into the grooves of your back teeth to remove plaque, bacteria and tiny particles of food.
What is the solution?
Because the grooves on your back teeth are hard to keep clean, Dr. Lee may recommend dental sealants. A dental sealant is a plastic material applied to the chewing surface of the teeth. The sealant act like a barrier, protecting enamel by “sealing out” the plaque and food.
How are sealants applied?
Sealants are easy to apply, and it takes only a few minutes to seal the tooth. First, the teeth that will be sealed are cleaned and prepared to accept the sealant. The sealant is then “painted” on to the tooth enamel, where it bonds directly onto the tooth, a special curing light is used to harden the sealant.
Keeping your child’s smile healthy
Dental sealant’s can help prevent decay. they can also help you save time and money that would have been spent on a restorative dental procedure. In order to keep your child’s mouth healthy, make sure they brush twice a day with a age appropriate toothpaste. Make sure you take them to regular check ups.