Most parents make sure their kids brush their teeth. They do their best to limit candy and sugary drinks, and make sure their youngsters get plenty of calcium and Vitamin D. And yet, in spite of these efforts, The Lewisville Dentist treats tooth decay in young patients daily.
Parents should be aware that there are four additional weapons for preventing cavities in children and adolescents.
- Fluoride Supplements
- Oral Rinses
- Professional dental cleanings
Sealants have been around a long time. The first children to benefit from them are in their fifties and sixties now. Since then, dental sealants have proven to be effective at minimizing pit and fissure decay.
Resin dental sealants are applied in our office. The material bonds to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, safeguarding the pits and fissures from decay.
Fluoride supplements help strengthen still-forming teeth before they erupt.
If your son or daughter is taking fluoride supplements, is an oral rinse redundant? Actually, no. Fluoride supplements help strengthen teeth that are still forming, but a fluoride rinse helps teeth that have already come in. Make sure you select one specifically designed for children. Products labeled as a mouthwash may not contain fluoride. And they probably contain alcohol.
Oral rinses work best when children and teenagers swish after they brush and floss at night. The rinse should be the last substance to make contact with teeth before bed. This helps teeth re-mineralize during sleep.
Dental cleanings remove plaque that can’t be brushed away. Kids who receive twice-a-year teeth cleanings are less likely to experience decay, infection, or gum disease.
At The Lewisville Dentist, we want our youngest patients to have teeth that are free of decay. It gets them on the road to a lifetime of good dental health. Our services include family and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next checkup today!
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