Many people don’t understand the importance of baby teeth. Primary teeth are necessary for children to chew and speak properly. They also hold the space for the permanent teeth to come in. If a primary tooth is lost too early, a permanent tooth can drift into the empty space. This makes it difficult for other permanent teeth to properly erupt into the mouth.
Sealants are typically long-lasting. However, they need to be evaluated regularly by your dentist. The sealant can remain on the tooth for many years, if proper care is taken. Some hard foods, such as hard candy, chewing ice, or sticky foods (like taffy), may dislodge a sealant and should be avoided. If the sealant becomes dislodged, your dental professional will make sure the tooth is cavity-free and re-apply the sealant.
When used appropriately, fluoride is both safe and effective in preventing and controlling dental cavities. Fluoride is a mineral that is found naturally in water and many foods. Fluoride helps the tooth’s outer surface, the enamel, stay strong and fight against the acids that cause cavities and tooth decay.
Between the ages of two and four, most children will naturally stop sucking their fingers, thumbs, or other objects. When children continue these habits for a longer period of time, their teeth may be affected, resulting in the need for early orthodontic treatment. It is imperative that thumbsucking is completely stopped by the time the permanent front teeth are ready to erupt. This will prevent problems with the proper growth of the mouth and tooth alignment.