As a parent, you want your kids to enjoy healthy smiles, which means protecting their teeth from tooth decay, a painful oral health concern that could lead to premature tooth loss, misalignment, and more. In order to help children in Newhall, CA, avoid the onset of cavities, we may suggest preventive treatment options, such as fluoride varnish or even dental sealants.
How Do Cavities Form?
First, let’s talk about how cavities form in little smiles. The outer layer of tooth enamel coating our teeth typically protects them from harmful bacteria. However, should this layer become compromised, bacteria can reach the inner layers and cause cavities for form. Poor oral hygiene could coat the teeth in plaque, weakening and eroding enamel, while an injury, such as a chip or crack, or also damage enamel. When your little ones undergo regular checkups every six months, we can remove plaque and also watch for the early warning signs, treating the issue before they begin to experience toothaches and tooth sensitivity, common warning signs of tooth decay.
If we find your little one is susceptible to tooth decay, we may apply fluoride to their teeth. A naturally-occurring mineral, fluoride actually strengthens the outer layers of enamel. When applied to the teeth in a varnish form, which only takes minutes, your children enjoy a reduced risk of cavities. Fluoride is also in our tap water, so be sure your little one drinks water to stay hydrated and help protect their smile! For more information about this treatment option, contact our office today.
People of all ages need to brush and floss to remove food particles from on or between the teeth, otherwise bacteria will break down the particles, causing plaque buildup and tooth decay. However, for some children reaching the rear teeth when brushing and flossing is difficult, which means a greater likelihood of tooth decay forming. However, with dental sealants we place a special plastic coating over these teeth, which keeps food from becoming trapped between them. The sealants last for a significant amount of time and will wear away naturally. We can apply them again in future visits if necessary. Along with fluoride and dental sealants, we suggest proper brushing and flossing, six-month visits for checkups and cleanings, and a diet with healthier food and drink choices. With these steps, your family can enjoy better oral health and a decreased risk of tooth decay.
Ready to Schedule Your Child’s Visit?
Let’s help your little enjoy many years of optimal oral health with our regular visits and preventive treatments. To learn more about our approach to children’s dentistry and our preventive treatment options, then schedule a consultation by calling Newhall Dental Arts in Newhall, CA, today at (661) 259-7760.