Children’s dentistry consists of the oral care that is provided for children. Because their teeth are only beginning to grow and develop, usually the dental treatments are used to prevent greater issues or detect any potential problems. Children dentistry also focuses on educating children on appropriate oral hygiene and forming habits that protect and take care of their dental health.
Dental sealants and fluoride treatments can be available for your children if the dentist thinks they are necessary to protect the health of your children’s teeth. These type of dental treatments help protect your children’s teeth from bacteria, plaque and other factors that cause tooth decay and gum disease.
Dental Sealants are used to protect the molar and premolars or back teeth using plastic resin, in order to seal any food or plaque from entering any cavities in the teeth. The use of sealants is very common especially in young children because it is a very effective way to protect from cavities which they are more prone to develop.
How are dental sealant applied?
The sealant is applied to the enamel of the tooth
The plastic resin then hardens and bonds to the tooth which creates a protection around it
The sealant molds into the tooth covering pits and fissures to protect the enamel of the tooth from plaque and acids
Dental sealants can last several years, if good oral hygiene and dental care is practiced. During your regular check-ups your dentist will make sure that your children’s sealants are in good conditions or whether the sealants need to be reapplied to ensure the teeth’s protection.
Another dental treatment for the protection of your children’s teeth is using fluoride to prevent tooth decay and cavities. Oral health tools such as toothpastes, mouthwash, and oral gel contain this ingredient which helps ensure good oral health. During routine cleanings with your dentist, fluoride is applied to the teeth with a brush to maintain the teeth’s enamel protected from plaque, acids and food.
Here at University Meadows Family Dental, we are committed to improving and restoring your smile into its healthy condition, under a comfortable and welcoming environment. We are happy to provide you with the necessary information and discuss your options. Call us today for a beautiful smile!