January 25, 2019
Cavities and tooth decay are a real problem for Americans. Around 91% of adults have at least one cavity in a permanent tooth, but did you know that children are even more susceptible to decay? Getting your son or daughter’s cavity filled and protected is important, but do you know what’s better? Preventing it from happening in the first place. Keep reading to learn how a family dentist in Falls Church can protect your kids’ teeth from decay before it even happens.
How Do Cavities Form?
Cavities occur when sugar comes in contact with the bacteria in your mouth to create acid. This acid eats away at your protective tooth enamel. Children are especially susceptible to cavities because they tend to eat more sugary foods and they don’t take care of their teeth as well as adults. Plaque from foods and drinks will buildup and cause cavities if it isn’t removed.
How Can the Dentist Protect My Kids’ Teeth?
The only thing better than treating cavities is preventing them in the first place. Your dentist can use a technology called dental sealants to literally seal off your children’s teeth from harmful plaque and bacteria. Typically, the molars or back teeth of your child are most susceptible to decay because they are the teeth they use to chew.
This non-invasive procedure only takes around 2 minutes for each tooth. After their teeth are cleaned, your children’s dentist in Falls Church will apply a special white-colored resin to the chewing surfaces of their back molars. This not only protects their teeth, but it makes oral healthcare easier by eliminating the little grooves and crevices in their molars. Then, they will use a high-tech light to harden the sealant into place for a functional protective shield.
How Can I Protect My Kids’ Teeth at Home?
In addition to dental sealants, it’s important to get your children in the habit of routine oral healthcare. If daily brushing and flossing are a struggle, you can come up with fun ways to get them to take care of their teeth. You can play their favorite song and turn the bathroom into a dance party when brushing, or you can brush your teeth with them to show your kids how the grown ups do it.
Does it sound like your children could benefit from dental sealants? Their first set of permanent molars come in around age 6, which is a great time to visit your dentist to protect their pearly whites from harmful decay.
About the Practice
Dr. Sanae Berrada and Dr. Shri Chopra are a team of dentists with a passion for helping patients of all ages. They see how susceptible children are to cavities, which is why they offer expertly placed dental sealants to protect your loved ones’ teeth. They currently practice at Tysons Dental Esthetics, and they can be contacted through their website or by phone at (703) 821-8111 for any questions.
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