Preventive dentistry at a young age is really important because it means a healthy and happy smile for your child.
Children with healthy teeth develop better oral health habits in the long run and preventive dentistry means less extensive treatments for your child as they grow up.
At Southland Dental we strongly believe that prevention is better than cure. For kids, it is recommended that parents make an appointment for a consultation at seven years of age, to examine the health and position of the teeth. After the initial exam, the dentist will decide if treatment is necessary. If you catch problems early, the treatment time is shorter. Adults can be seen by an orthodontist at any time if they suspect the need for braces or other teeth straightening procedures.
Even if children have access to good dental care, some areas in the mouth are extremely difficult to reach. For this reason, we provide helpful dentistry treatments such as fluoride applications and dental sealants to keep cavities at bay.
As long as small quantities of fluoride are present in the mouth and on the surface of the teeth, tooth decay can be prevented. Fluoride applications are recommended for children whose teeth are prone to cavities and tooth decay.
Small amounts of fluoride are painted on your child’s teeth, in order to prevent the formation of cavities. In some cases, treatment with fluoride can also prevent existing tooth decay from getting worse. Treatment with fluoride should always be administered by a trained person.
Our dentists and staff will also provide information about fluoride, proper oral hygiene and brushing with the correct toothpaste.
Just like fluoride applications, dental sealants can prevent cavities from forming on the surface of your children’s teeth. Dental sealants are a thin layer that is applied to the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to protect them from tooth decay and cavities.
Most tooth decay in children and teens occurs on these surfaces. This is because these teeth are hard to reach and brush properly. Sealants protect the chewing surfaces from forming cavities by keeping bacteria and food particles out of these fissures.
What role do parents play in prevention?
After checking your child’s dental health, your dentist will give you advice on how best to care for your child’s oral health. This will include brushing and flossing instructions, diet tips, and if necessary, fluoride recommendations. By following these directions, you can help your child establish good oral hygiene habits for years to come.