Children are prone to cavities and other tooth related problems because they love eating sweets and candies, but they don’t always love to brush their teeth thoroughly. That’s a formula that could lead to frequent dental visits. The best way to reduce the chance of cavities in your child's teeth is to take a simple preventive measure. Dr. Garret B.K. Oka often suggests a sealant treatment for his young Kona, HI patients with dental concerns. Learn how a dental sealant can help save your child's teeth.
Children and Cavities
A young child’s teeth are still developing and more susceptible to dental decay compared to adults. Dental caries (the disease that causes cavities) also can spread quickly within families because family members share germs. Add the fact that children consume more sugar than ever before and poor at-home dental habits, and you have a high risk of cavities. Children have been known to get cavities as young toddlers and it’s estimated that four million pre-school aged kids have problems with tooth decay.
How Sealants Work
You can help reduce your child’s risk of getting cavities by requesting dental sealants the next time you visit Dr. Oka’s Kona, HI dentist office. A sealant is a plastic coating that goes on the surface of the tooth to protect it from the bacteria that causes cavities. It’s usually applied to the back molars, because there are so many grooves and cracks where cavities can form. Sealants are recommended as soon as a child gets his or her permanent teeth. One treatment can last for up to 10 years, but regular biannual checkups are necessary.
Saving Your Child’s Teeth (And Your Budget)
Untreated cavities in children can lead to dental problems that plague them well into adulthood. Getting a dental sealant can significantly reduce a child’s risk of tooth infections and expensive dental treatments like root canals. So this relatively simple treatment not only saves your child’s teeth, it can also save you a lot of money on dental bills in the future.
Bring Your Child to Dr. Oka’s Office
If you believe that your child can benefit from getting a dental sealant treatment, call Dr. Oka’s Kona, HI office at (808) 329-0889 to set up a convenient time to bring him or her in for a visit.
As the youngest person ever to host Entertainment Tonight, Maria Menounos, an independent filmmaker, actress, and co-host of daily entertainment news program Extra, has made a huge splash in the world of entertainment journalism. However, she is also an avid ambassador for the American Diabetes Association, a cause that is very dear to her heart because her father is a diabetic.
Her father's illness taught Menounos and her family about the importance of maintaining good general and dental health. This included a diet packed with fruits and vegetables, many of which they raised themselves. According to Menounos, they also ate little-to-no junk food. These habits still help keep the busy celebrity journalist fit and smiling with beautiful, healthy teeth.
Speaking of her smile, Menounos openly discusses her oral health in her interview with Dear Doctor magazine. She has had no major dental enhancements — not even braces — but does occasionally brighten her smile with tooth whitening. She also feels that her teeth are healthy due to the sealants she had as a child.
We could not agree more with Maria! Sealants for the tiny grooves in teeth known as “pits and fissures” are something that every parent or caregiver should consider for their children. The enamel of newly erupted teeth is more permeable, meaning that the acids produced by bacteria in the mouth can damage these teeth more easily, making them more susceptible and less resistant to decay. The good news is that dental sealants help protect teeth until the enamel has matured. Because of sealants — along with fluoride, good hygiene, and better nutrition (including less sugar consumption), tooth decay has been dramatically reduced.
If you are interested in learning more about dental sealants, contact us today to schedule an appointment so that we can conduct a thorough examination. During this private consultation, we will also discuss any questions you have as well as what treatment options will be best for you or your children. However, to learn more about dental sealants now, you can continue reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Sealants for Children.” And to read the entire interview with Maria Menounos, please see the Dear Doctor magazine article “Maria Menounos.”