Although cavities are almost entirely preventable, cavities can still form depending on your child’s brushing habits. One way to combat decay is to place sealants on your child’s teeth. The most susceptible teeth to decay are the biting surface of the rear molars because they are the hardest ones to reach with a toothbrush. Sealants can be placed as soon as adult teeth come in, which is at about 12 years of age.
Sealants create a barrier between teeth and potential decay causing bacteria. The procedure is painless- no drilling or shots are needed! Combining sealants with excellent oral hygiene is the best way to prevent cavities forming in your child’s mouth. Children can start brushing their teeth once they have reached the age of 2 with parental supervision. Once they have turned 8 years old children should begin brushing and flossing on their own, with an occasional check by a parent. Make sure your kids brush their teeth!