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Does My Child Need Dental Sealants?

Dental Sealants Glenview IL

Other than brushing and flossing, dental sealants are the most effective way to prevent new cavities from forming on natural teeth. Sealants are a thin, protective coating that adheres to the chewing surfaces of teeth. Most back teeth have natural grooves in the chewing surfaces that are difficult to thoroughly clean when brushing. Sealants work by “sealing off” these grooves from plaque and bacteria. Both children and adults can benefit from having sealants placed on their back teeth. Sealants are generally recommended as soon as the adult 1st molars begin to erupt into the mouth, usually around age 6. Around age 12, the adult 2nd molars erupt and should also ...

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When Should I Take My Child to the Dentist For the First Time?

Pediatric Dentistry in Glenview IL, Gallery Park Dental

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children get his/her first dental check-up as soon as the first tooth appears in the mouth, or no later than his/her first birthday. Tooth decay is the most common childhood disease. Many children suffer from pain and infection caused by cavities forming in the mouth at a very young age. That is why as soon as the first baby tooth is present, children need to see a dentist every 6 months just like adults.

Why Are Baby Teeth So Important?

Many people believe that just because baby teeth eventually fall out on their own, they are not as important as adult teeth. This ...

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