As parents, we want to give our children the right tools to get a great start when it comes to their oral health. While teaching them how to care for their teeth and the importance of brushing at least two times a day, you also need to educate them on the benefits of preventive dentistry.
But, do you know how preventive dentistry can help your child’s oral health? And the types of treatments that can actually make a difference?
Here’s what you need to know:
Depending on your little one’s oral health, your dentist may recommend sealants as a protective method. This is a thin coating that acts as a shield and prevents the accumulation of food debris and bacteria growth.
Sealants are especially effective if your child is already showing some signs of tooth decay. After cleaning the affected area, the dentist will apply this coating to give your child’s teeth an extra layer of protection.
If your child is performing any kind of activity that involves contact and may cause trauma to their face (and their teeth,) then they should use a mouthguard as a prevention method. Not only that this will ensure the protection of their teeth, but you will also avoid additional costs with expensive dental treatments and procedures.
Fluoride is essential to our oral health, which is why we use fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride is especially useful if your child is at risk of developing cavities as it can offer the mineral they need to strengthen their teeth. A fluoride treatment works by remineralizing the damaged areas of the tooth.
The application of fluoride treatment is simple and it only takes a few minutes. Your child will not be allowed to drink or eat for about an hour after the treatment, but that’s just about it.
Schedule an appointment for teeth cleanings for your little one at least once a year (twice a year if they are prone to cavities.)
Even if you are very careful about your kids’ oral hygiene, it’s very easy for food particles to get stuck in their teeth. A dentist has the right tool to get where a regular toothbrush can’t and remove any debris or plaque that might have accumulated.
If your child lost a baby tooth prematurely, then your dentist might recommend a space maintainer. These devices are used to ensure that there is enough room in your child’s mouth for permanent teeth to emerge.
At Dentistry For Children, we put an emphasis on preventive dentistry as we think is key to great oral health. We strive to create a safe and fun environment for kids and a place where parents can feel like they will get the kind of guidance they need.
If you have any additional questions about preventive dental care or any doubts, contact us and we will be more than happy to assist you.