Dental sealants help to precent cavities in pediatric dental patients and teens by forming a protective plastic coating on the chewing surfaces that can prevent decay by as much as 80 percent, according to the American Dental Association (ADA.)
In children and adolescents, soda, fruit juices and sports drinks - full of damaging acids - are the dominant cause of cavities. Soda is the worst offender. Here’s what you can do to prevent cavities in your child.
Do your child’s teeth bleed during brushing or flossing? Are the gums swollen, tender, or painful to the touch? Your child may have gingivitis (gum disease.) It is the first stage of periodontal disease and, unfortunately, it is common in children.