We welcome patients of all ages! Pediatric dentistry is important to maintain proper oral health and to teach proper oral hygiene early on!
Molars first come in at around 5-7 years of age, with a second set coming in between the ages of 11-14. Sealants are a great way to protect against tooth decay and cavities on the molars. These are the teeth that are most vulnerable to cavities and decay because they are most often used in the chewing process, and are the most difficult to reach and clean, especially for kids who are still learning about proper oral hygiene. It is best to have a sealant placed when the molars first come in to ensure they are protected early.
To place a sealant, the tooth is cleaned and then the sealant is “painted” onto the tooth. The liquid then hardens and creates a barrier between the tooth and any plaque, food particles, and bacteria. Sealants last for about 10 years and can be reapplied, if necessary.
Especially for active kids and young athletes, wearing a mouth guard helps prevent against structural damage to the teeth and jaw, and helps prevent injuries such as lacerations to their cheeks, tongue, and lips. Mouth guards have also been shown to help decrease the risk of concussions.
Mouth guards available in sporting goods store should be used with caution. If they do not properly fit the mouth, they can do more damage than good.
For the highest level of comfort and protection, you should visit your dentist for a custom mouth guard fitting. It is created with thin plastic that is hardened to protect your teeth. The thinness of the custom mouth guard allows for easy breathing and communication.
Mouth guards are an essential piece of equipment in contact sports. They should be worn by athletes of all ages who participate in the following sports: