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Power Shields for the Sweet Teeth
A very common preventive paediatric dental recommended procedure is pit and fissure sealants, or as we like to call them – “power shields” for teeth!
Why do kids need them?
Any molar surface that forms with deeper pits and grooves would be likely to trap food and bacteria and so the likelihood that dental decay could begin in these difficult to clean areas is quite high. Most patients can benefit from sealants around age 6 when their first permanent molars typically erupt and again when they are a bit older and erupt their second permanent molars, which is usually around age 12.

How does the procedure go?
The application of sealants can help prevent decay in your child’s teeth with a few simple steps and can be completed in only a few moments per tooth. It is a non-invasive procedure that requires no removal of tooth structure and is completely painless.

Painting On Your Child’s Teeth
A protective coating called fluoride gel that’s applied in the dental office twice a year is an easy, quick, cost-effective method for the prevention of cavities.

When to do the treatment?
“Painting” the teeth at the end of our patients visits and it can be applied to primary (baby) or permanent teeth to help against the battle of tooth decay.
There have been many studies that show that fluoride therapy  can reduce the incidence of cavities by 37-43% by inhibiting the loss of minerals from tooth enamel and killing the bacteria that cause cavities. Fluoride treatments also help treat enamel sensitivity and restore the strength of enamel.

Who should get the treatment done?
It is recommended that our patients with a moderate risk of cavities receive an application of fluoride gel at the end of their routine.
After all health of the milk teeth determine the health of permanent ones!!


Blog Written by Dr Reshma Sivadas



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