February is National Childrens' Dental Health Month- continued
By drwilliam73004952, Feb 13 2017 10:58PM
6. Dental Sealants: According to the American Dental Association, "Sealants have been shown to reduce risk of decay by nearly 80% in molars." In a report from the Center
for Disease Control, "school age children without sealants have almost three (3) times more cavities than children with sealants."
• They keep food out and stop bacteria and acid on teeth
• The earlier you get them the better, but adults can get them too
• They last several years before needing reapplication
7. Choosing the right mouth protector for active children and adolescents: It is very important to have mouth guards properly fitted to your children teeth when they are active in sports. They help, according to the ADA, "cushion the blow to the face, minimize risk of broken teeth or injuries to lips, tongue, face or jaw." If you or your child engages in any type of athletics, you should have a mouth guard custom fitted by your dentist. It is especially needed if your child wears braces or you have fixed bridge work.