Dental Care for Children
Dental care is important for all members of the family. Once a child’s first tooth emerges, it is important to start the routine dental visits. Even when children still have their baby teeth (also known as primary teeth), it is important to start a good oral health habits. Children should visit the dentist as often as adults, once every six months. Exams and cleanings are part of good preventative care no matter your age. Keeping up with this early in life will prevent complications with their primary teeth, as well as allowing the permanent teeth to come in strong.
Brushing and flossing twice a day is the best way to prevent cavities. Healthy choices that include drinking plenty of water and being mindful about sugar are also good ways to keep the cavities away. But dental sealants can be a good safety net. Dental sealants are a preventative measure where a biocompatible acrylic is painted directly onto the teeth. It prevents harmful acid and bacteria from attacking the enamel especially on the nooks and crannies of the molars. These nooks and crannies are often missed during brushing and flossing making them good hiding spots for bacteria.
Fluoride is a natural mineral that strengthens enamel. It can help prevent decay from harmful acid and bacteria. Fluoride can help restore minerals lost during decay. In some cases, it can even reverse very early stages of decay. Fluoride treatments combined with dental sealants can make teeth nearly impervious to attacks from acid caused by sugar. These types of treatments protect your child’s teeth like helmets and knee pads protect your child during a bike ride.