Protect Your Child from Tooth Decay with Fissure Seals

15/11/2013

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Your child’s teeth are fundamental to their development…

Children begin to gain all of their baby teeth (primary teeth) around the age of two or three. These teeth help your child to chew and speak properly while they are developing. As your child develops their teeth will also work to shape and reserve the space inside their mouth so that their mouth can easily adjust when their adult teeth (secondary teeth) start to surface. Baby teeth start to develop before your child is born and the first baby tooth will begin to surface around six months, but in some cases it can occur as early as the birth or as late as their first birthday. The time of your child’s first tooth will be completely unique to them.

When your child’s baby teeth all emerge they will have around twenty teeth:

  • Upper row:
    • 2 central incisors
    • 2 lateral incisors
    • 2 canines
    • 2 first molars
    • 2 second molars
    • Lower row:
      • 2 central incisors
      • 2 lateral incisors
      • 2 canines
      • 2 first molars
      • 2 second molars

Protect Your Child from Tooth Decay With Fissure Seal21 Protect Your Child from Tooth Decay with Fissure Seals

Each of your child’s baby teeth is designed in the image of their eventual adult teeth and will contribute to their digestive process in a similar manner. It will help them learn to chew and mash food into an edible paste so that they can digest it easier. That is why many baby food products are in paste form because without teeth your child will be unable to begin to digest meals. Once all of their baby teeth surface (around 25 to 33 months for the lower second molars to emerge) then your child will be able to eat properly and begin to strengthen their ability to eat, their jaw mobility and communication skills will be improved, and most importantly their confidence will increase in these fundamental actions.

Once your child has a mouth full of healthy teeth it is time to keep an eyeful watch…

The development of your child’s occlusion (bite) is incredibly important to their teeth development and future oral health. The atmospheric conditions inside the mouth are one of the most bacteria ridden areas on the human body. It is constantly humid, hit with air flow that blows foreign particles in and out, food is consumed that’s covered in a variety of healthy and unhealthy bacteria which causes substances to stick to your teeth and fall in between the tooth spaces. These are perfect conditions for the breeding of harmful bacteria such as plaque and tartar. This coloured build-up is the starter for a majority of oral conditions such as

  • Bad breath
  • Yellowed and discoloured teeth
  • Tooth decay and caries
  • Demineralisation
  • Cavities
  • Pulpitis
  • Abscess formation and systemic disease
  • Gum disease
  • Periodontal disease

Even though your child’s baby teeth are designed to eventually fall out, it is crucial that their baby teeth are treated with the same care and consideration that their adult teeth will receive when they are older. The purpose of the baby teeth is to act as functional placeholders for the adult teeth while they develop. If these baby teeth become prone to infection and decay the result can have an unpleasant effect on their adult teeth when they begin to surface and open the doors to necessary dental procedures. Essentially, the better your child’s baby teeth and oral hygiene are taken care of the lower risk your child will have in developing dental complications as they grow older.

How can I protect my child from tooth decay?

A study entitled Oral health and dental care in Australia conducted by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare concluded that on average over 42% of children around the age of five and 61% of children around the age of 9 were experiencing decay in their baby teeth. To cease the active development of tooth decay in children’s baby teeth it is common to utilise a dental seal to cover the pits and fissures of the teeth with a resin or glass-ionomer (cement) material. On average, 20% of children between the ages of 6 and 14 benefited from the use of a fissure seal on their teeth and prevented further decay.

Benefits of Fissure Seal for your child at Q-Dental in Bella Vista…

At Q Dental, we offer our community outstanding paediatric dentistry to ensure our younger clients are given the same standards of care and consideration as their parents. For children, visiting the dentist can be a daunting experience, especially if they are suffering from a small case of tooth decay but at our practice we have proven that a fissure seal is a fantastic way to prevent further decay and create peace of mind for your child and your whole family.

It is a very simple treatment that will require cleaning the affected area and curing it in preparation for the fissure seal so that it adheres to the tooth as effectively as possible. We recommend patients to start bringing their children in around the age of two so that we can develop a healthy relationship with your child and aid their oral development by reducing the risk of dental implications in the future.

For more information on fissure sealants for your child or book an appointment at Q Dental in Bella Vista, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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