February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, a program sponsored by the American Dental Association (ADA) designed to raise awareness and promote life-long oral health to our young Americans.
This year’s slogan is “Fight Monster Mouth” and is aimed at educating children and teens in the ways that they can fight off plaque, tooth decay, and other dental and oral health problems by brushing properly, flossing, rinsing, and eating healthy snacks, among other things.
This program is intended to bring parents, teachers, and dental professionals together in an attempt to get children and teens to take proper care of their mouths and develop the habits that sustain good oral health.
To help parents make the right decisions about their children’s dental health care and to bring awareness to this national campaign, Dr. Gayken, DDS is providing the following facts about dental sealants:
- Children should get sealants on their permanent molars as soon as the teeth come in, before decay attacks the teeth.
- Sealants are made of plastic material which is applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth where decay occurs most often.
- Sealants protect the grooves and the pits on the chewing surfaces of the teeth, where toothbrush bristles cannot reach. They provide a barrier to prevent food and bacteria from sticking to teeth.
- The first permanent molars come in between the ages 5 and 7, and the second molars appear when a child is between 11 and 14 years old. Ask about sealants in both stages.
For more information on sealants, National Children’s Dental Health Month, or would like to schedule an appointment for your child, please contact us at Dr. Dawn Gayken, DDS today!