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Prevention is key for children to establish strong teeth, healthy gums, and good oral hygiene. This begins with understanding and implementing healthy habits at an early age.
Regular checkups and cleanings reinforce routines that keep the teeth and gums in exceptional condition. Without consistent cleaning, tartar and plaque can build up and cause inflammation, which can lead to disease if left untreated. Our office is excited to get your child’s oral hygiene on the right path to a lifetime of healthy teeth.
Why is oral hygiene important for kids?
When food remains on the teeth, it is consumed by the bacteria that naturally exist in the mouth. The bacteria thrive on the conversion of the food into acid, which contributes to the production of plaque, or a sticky substance that clings to the teeth. The acids in plaque will harm the enamel of the tooth, weakening the gums, and creating cavities.
It is important to stay on top of your child’s oral hygiene because tooth decay is a serious problem and can ultimately lead to infection, pain, and loss of teeth.
When should I start brushing my child's teeth?
You should begin teaching healthy brushing habits once the first tooth appears in your child’s mouth. Children under two years of age should not be left alone with toothpaste, and an adult should offer guidance with tooth brushing until they reach the age of six.
What is fluoride treatment?
Fluoride is a natural substance that helps strengthen teeth and prevent tooth decay in patients of all ages. It can be found in tap water sources, foods, toothpastes, mouthwashes, and professional treatments from your dentist. Sufficient fluoride treatment is important for developing children to ensure they have the protection needed against cavities in their teeth. Fluoride treatments are available in our dental offices and can be applied in several forms. Supplements are also an option if there is an insufficient amount of fluoride in the water supply.
What are sealants and why are they beneficial?
A sealant is a very thin coating applied to the biting surface of a child’s premolar and molar teeth. This procedure is quick, easy and painless. The tooth is cleaned and a sealant coating gets painted on in liquid form. Then a special LED light hardens the material and bonds it to the tooth. Once dried, this layer creates a shield that prevents harmful cavity-causing bacteria from reaching the tooth’s surface. Sealants are especially beneficial for children because it’s hard to reach the back teeth and keep them clean.