From their snacking habits to how well they brush and floss, a number of factors could increase or decrease a child’s risk of developing cavities. In today’s blog, your Kansas City, MO, dentist would like to look at how we help prevent cavities and protect little smile from this serious oral health concern. Find out what a difference dental cleanings can make, and the benefits of fluoride treatments!
Preventive Treatment Options
Did you know we offer special treatments designed to limit the risk of cavities in children? For some, we may apply a fluoride varnish. A naturally-occurring mineral, fluoride actually strengthens the outer layers of tooth enamel, safeguarding the smile from tooth decay. The vanish only takes a few minutes to apply and dries quickly. We can re-apply during future checkup and cleaning visits. Children also often have trouble reaching their back teeth when they brush and floss. Food then becomes stuck between these teeth and is broken down by bacteria, leading to cavities. However, if we apply a special acrylic coating known as a dental sealant to these teeth, this prevents food from becoming stuck between them. The sealants stay in place for a long time and wear away naturally with time.
Family Hygiene Appointments
Children also benefit from routine family hygiene appointments. About once every six months, you should bring your little ones in for a checkup and cleaning. During the checkup, we will look at the teeth and gum for signs of oral health problems, such as a cavity, gingivitis, or developing misalignment. We can then create a personalized treatment plan to return your child’s smile to optimal health and beauty, and protect them from painful complications, such as dental infections. We will also clean the teeth, removing all plaque buildup, a procedure that helps limit the risks of poor gum health and tooth decay. These visits are also an opportunity to discuss proper brushing and flossing and help your child adjust to the sights and sounds of the office, reducing dental anxiety!
Homecare and More
In between visits, your kids need to be caring for their smiles at home. Each day, children of all ages need to brush or have their teeth brushed when they wake up and again before bed. Flossing before going to bed is also crucial. These steps can protect the smile from common issues, such as cavities. Cutting back on foods and drinks high in sugar and starch can also have a beneficial impact on oral health.
Does Your Child Need Preventive Care?
We’re here to help smiles of all ages stay healthy and bright. To learn more about our preventive approach to children’s dentistry, then please schedule a consultation by calling Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-897-4288.