Treatment for Children
Preventive dentistry is essential (and highly recommended) for your kids. Early exams and cleanings before bacteria even have the chance to build up can ensure a lifetime of dental health.
Fluoride treatments are a useful measure in preventing tooth decay in children. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), topical fluoride treatments support children in strengthening their tooth enamel during the years when they're most prone to cavities.
Sealants are also preventive. They help to protect your kids' back teeth (molars). Sealants are painted onto the top surface of the teeth to prevent decay. When you seal these teeth as soon as they come in, they can stay cavity-free for life. Believe it or not: Sealants reduce the risk of decay by nearly 80% in molars.
Lastly, as children grow and their teeth come in, they may need to see an orthodontist. Usually, your dentist will help determine if this is needed, and they'll make a referral. An orthodontist will use braces or a retainer to prevent and correct misalignment.
Now you know the secret to clean, healthy teeth: preventive dentistry! It's the best way to keep gum disease, cavities, and other common conditions at bay. Oral care practices are just as important as dental visits. So keep up with brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, and eating a healthy diet. And remember to visit your dentist regularly. And that includes your kids too. So if you haven't already, get started practicing preventive dentistry right away. Good news: just by reading this, you're already doing great things for yourself and your smile.