Most moms and dads make sure their kids brush their teeth. They do their best to limit candy and sugary drinks. And they make sure their son or daughter consumes sufficient amounts of calcium and Vitamin D. Some parents go even further and limit between-meal snacks. And yet, The Steele Creek 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
The first children to benefit from dental sealants are in their fifties and sixties now. Since then, dental sealants have proven to be effective at reducing pit and fissure dental caries.
Resin dental sealants are applied in our office. The material bonds to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, preserving the pits and fissures from decay.
Fluoride supplements help strengthen still-forming teeth before they appear. Note that if you have fluoridated water, your pediatric dentist may advise against taking additional fluoride in supplement form.
If your child 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 created for children. Products labeled as a mouthwash may not contain fluoride. And they probably contain alcohol.
Oral rinses work best when children and adolescents 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.
At The Steele Creek Dentist in Charlotte, we make sure all our young patients have healthy teeth and gums. We offer pediatric dentistry for kids, and general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.
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