It can be difficult to navigate all the things that a child needs these days. There are groups that are created just to try and help with all the work that a new mother has to handle. You want to make smart choices for your bundle of joy from the way that you sleep straight through to the foods that you start to introduce. Through a child’s life there are obstacles you have to take on that might be easy to understand and others that are not so easy. When it comes to the oral health of your child most moms know to have the child brush, floss and how to act as the tooth fairy. What you may not know is that there are other things you can be doing to protect your child from dental disorders and problems. You want to make sure that you know what options are available to you and why it is a good idea to take advantage of them. One of the things you should know about are called dental sealants. Smile Reef outlines why this preventive treatment is so important for kids.
What is a Tooth Sealant?
If you are not sure what a dental sealant is and if it is right for your child it is great to learn all about the procedure. The great thing is this is a procedure that is pain free and will cause no discomfort or recovery time for your child. These are the best kinds of procedures to have to make your child continue to feel comfortable when they go to the dentist. The sealant happens after the regular appointment for a good cleaning. When the teeth are cleaned they are dried off and prepared for the sealant to be applied. The tooth will receive a conditioning treatment that will act as a barrier to that particular tooth. The sealant is a liquid that will be placed over the tooth and allowed to get in all the grooves of the tooth. Then the sealant will dry and you are ready to go about your day just as normal.
Purpose of Dental Sealants
You might be wondering what a sealant is even good for if the procedure is that simple. The great thing is that the sealant is often applied to the back teeth of a child during the time that most kids develop cavities. The sealant acts as a barrier that will not allow food debris and other bacteria to penetrate the tooth that has been treated. The sealants are good to stop decay that might result in your child developing a cavity that needs to be filled. If the teeth and the sealant are cared for and inspected at each appointment they can last as many years as they are needed.
When Should Dental Sealant Material Be Applied?
You want to make sure you talk to your pediatric dentist about when your child is ready to have sealants applied. This is something that can differ from child to child because each one’s teeth grow in at different rates. Be sure to keep up with your child’s routine visits to ensure the sealants are applied as soon as possible.
Pediatric Dental Sealants & More
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Most children are quite excited to have a visit from the Tooth Fairy. As parents monitor their kids’ teeth, some parents may notice that the permanent teeth are growing in and the baby teeth are not even loose. Around age 6, children usually start to lose their baby teeth. Often referred to as “shark teeth,” there are actually common instances when the permanent teeth can grow in behind baby teeth. In some cases, the situation can fix itself, but this condition is fairly common. Today, we at Smile Reef would like to further expound on when permanent teeth come in before the baby teeth.
Permanent Tooth Growing Behind Another Tooth
When the size of the permanent tooth is too large for the space occupied by the baby tooth, the permanent teeth usually grow in behind baby teeth. Commonly causing two rows of teeth along the lower jaw, overcrowding, or when a permanent tooth that doesn’t fully erupt forward, occurs. Generally, the baby teeth become loose and fall out when the root is all but gone. In some individuals, the permanent teeth miss the baby teeth and push through the gums behind them. The baby teeth stay in place because nothing is pushing and dissolving their roots. More often than not, this condition is not painful, and will even fix itself when the baby teeth fall out without assistance. The permanent teeth should shift into their proper position once the baby teeth are gone and the new space opens up.
When to Call Pediatric Dentist for Baby Tooth Not Falling Out
There are a few factors involved when you should make an appointment with your child’s dentist. They include the following:
1) After several weeks if the baby teeth have not come out.
2) A premature loss in baby molars, causing remaining baby teeth closing the gap, it eliminates the space for the permanent molar to come through.
3) Meaning the tongue can neither push the baby teeth out nor the permanent teeth forward, the upper-front baby teeth will not come out.
Pediatric Dental Care
The permanent teeth should move into the space in time if your child can wiggle their tooth and cause it to fall out on its own. The permanent teeth come in crooked and worsen overcrowding from the initial crowding caused by stubborn baby teeth. To make room for the permanent teeth, a dentist can remove the baby teeth. To check the baby tooth’s roots, can X-ray may be taken. The dentist may trim some of the neighboring baby teeth if there is not enough room for the permanent teeth to come in. Within a few weeks or a couple of months, the permanent teeth should shift into their final position. Your child may have to see an orthodontist to correct their alignment if the permanent teeth do not move into the correct position. If you are concerned about your child’s baby teeth still in place while the permanent teeth erupt, call in the experts of Smile Reef. With you appointment, we can take the appropriate X-Rays and determine the best course of action.