What age would you guess the first permanent molars erupt? Providing Columbus Ohio with family dentistry, Dr. Schindler can tell you it’s around the age of 6 or 7. It’s important these new molars be cared for properly since they’re intended to last a lifetime. They also help determine the shape of the lower face and affect the position and health of other permanent teeth. Does this knowledge suddenly have you rethinking your child’s oral health habits?
Thorough tooth brushing will help remove food particles and plaque (a sticky film of bacteria constantly coating teeth) from the smooth surfaces of teeth, but what collects in the pits and grooves is often missed. We all can hope our children are diligent in their brushing and flossing, but most parents recognize it’s not a reality. What can be done to protect their valuable molars, short of brushing and flossing for them?
Dental sealants have been designed to protect these vulnerable areas by sealing out debris and plaque bacteria. A sealant is a plastic material that usually is applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth where decay most often occurs.
Between the ages of six and twelve, your child’s mouth will be a scene of constant change. Oral health issues that develop during these formative years will stay with your child into and throughout adulthood. Visit us at Schindler dentistry, our Columbus Ohio family dentistry clinic, to learn how to keep your child’s smile a healthy one!