Dental care and education are vital when it comes to keeping your teeth healthy for life. That care and education starts at a young age. From the time your child’s first tooth erupts, you need to begin caring for it. Keeping cavities out of your child’s teeth sets them up for a bright oral health future. But how can you do that? Often, children struggle to thoroughly brush their own teeth as they develop motor skills and an understanding of brushing’s importance. Some additional treatments from your dentist can keep your child’s teeth clean and healthy.
Dental Sealants Can Keep Cavities Out of Tooth Crevices
Of course children aren’t pros at brushing their teeth. Building that skill takes time, and molars can be difficult to reach, even for adults. If your child needs extra help keeping their teeth clean as they grow and mature, your dentist can use dental sealants. Dental sealants are thin layers of dental acrylic that are painted on to the surface of your child’s tooth. The sealants form a protective layer between the tooth’s enamel and harmful bacteria. Sealants typically last five to ten years, and will naturally fall off afterward. You still need to make sure that your child is thoroughly cleaning their teeth to the best of their ability to keep cavities away.
Fluoride Treatment Can Fortify Damaged Enamel
The enamel of your child’s teeth is strong. It can stand up to a lot of abuse, but plaque and tartar will eventually wear it down. When bacteria create a hole in the tooth’s enamel, that’s what’s known as a cavity. Fluoride treatment can help to prevent cavities by strengthening the tooth’s enamel. If the enamel is starting to wear down, fluoride rinse will remineralise the enamel and harden it against bacteria’s corrosive acid.
Dental Education Helps Your Child Protect Their Own Teeth
An often overlooked tactic when it comes to keeping your child’s teeth healthy is the dental education portion of the equation. Of course, specialty treatments can strengthen and protect teeth, but understanding why it’s important to protect their teeth will serve your child for life. If they learn what the goal is when brushing and flossing, and what cavities can do to healthy teeth if they go untreated, they’ll be much more likely to take ownership of their own oral health and stick to a consistent cleaning schedule.
Schedule Appointments for Your Child at Melrose Dental Arts
Our team at Melrose Dental Arts welcomes patients of all ages, which includes children. We place an emphasis on dental education with our younger patients to help them learn about why brushing and flossing are so important. We also provide preventive treatments to keep bacteria out of your child’s teeth. Schedule a checkup and cleaning for your child at Melrose Dental Arts in Vista, CA by contacting our office at 760-724-9117.