A recent study found that children with poor dental health suffer in school, which is why it's important for kids to visit the dentist at least twice a year. Recently, YNN, a New York news source published an article with tips on how to care for a child's teeth, as well as some information on dental sealants, and why parents may want to consider talking to their child's dentist about them.
The news source spoke to Christian Mathiesen, D.D.S., who said that parents need to take the time to floss their children's teeth, or to watch them to make sure they do it themselves, if the child is old enough. Furthermore, the dentist added that when children's teeth come in, they may be a bit uneven and have gaps where plaque can get stuck, which is why parents should consider sealants.
"[Sealants] are plastic coating, and they get into these defects. They fill them in and last for many years. They can wear off, and sometimes repairing them is not a bad idea. Well-placed sealants last three to six years, sometimes longer," said Mathiesen, quoted by the news source.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that sealants usually benefit permanent molars the most, the first of which come in around the age of 6. The organization added that it's best to apply sealants soon after the tooth has emerged.
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