Instilling good habits in children can help them keep those good habits through adulthood. When it comes to oral care habits, this remains true. Teaching children effective ways to brush and floss their teeth can help them to protect their smiles. However, because children can have problems reaching all the areas of their mouth and because they are more likely to have a sweet tooth, kids may need extra help defending against cavities. Fluoride treatments and dental sealants are both ways your dentist can provide added defense against tooth decay to your child’s smile. These treatments, along with good hygiene and regular dental visits, can help the smile stay strong and healthy.
Strengthen Enamel with Fluoride
Fluoride is a natural mineral that can bond to tooth enamel to strengthen it and help prevent the tooth decay. Applying fluoride to teeth can help keep the enamel strong and fortified against acidic attacks from tooth decay. Tooth decay attacks the enamel and causes erosion by dissolving mineral crystals that the enamel is made of. Fluoride treatments help your teeth to rebuild the mineral crystals to keep your teeth strong. For children, having strong enamel helps protect their young smiles from damage and decay that lead to a lifetime of problems.
Dental Sealants as Extra Protection
The surfaces of teeth in the back of the mouth are designed to bite and chew, so they have grooves and hills. This kind of texture, while good for grinding food, can also trap food and debris making the teeth difficult to clean. Along with a child possibly not having a good reach to the back of their mouth when brushing and flossing, and you have a perfect storm for tooth decay. Dental sealants are a thin plastic coating applied directly to the surfaces of the teeth. Sealants can help keep bacteria from food and debris from attacking the enamel.
Fighting cavities is important for everyone’s oral health
We are here to help you and your family defend your smiles. To schedule a consultation, call E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-764-1018. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, Gardner, and all surrounding communities.