In recent decades, there has been a much needed emphasis on prevention in dentistry. Dental professionals have learned that a higher level of care can be provided when common dental conditions can be identified and addressed as soon as possible.
You can enable your child to benefit from this focus on prevention by following the instructions of our experienced dentists serving Arlington TX. Your dentist and the entire dental staff understand that brushing and flossing alone are not enough to prevent common dental diseases like cavities and gum disease. In addition, children have many unique dental needs that should be regularly monitored and until they reach adulthood.
The use of fluoride to prevent tooth decay has proven to be effective for both primary teeth and permanent teeth. It is important to ensure that your child is receiving the appropriate amount of fluoride in the appropriate form. Swallowing or ingesting too much fluoride can be unhealthy and can also cause irreversible damage to the permanent teeth. For this reason, children should use a training toothpaste until they are able to brush and rinse without swallowing.
Fluoride supplements should only be used under the direction of your dentist. And children should receive a professional-strength fluoride treatment in the dental office at least twice per year.
Tooth decay, still one of the most common childhood diseases, should be identified and treated as soon as possible, even in baby teeth. When left untreated, tooth decay is a disease that can spread from baby teeth to permanent teeth, even before the permanent teeth can be seen in the mouth.
One important function of the baby teeth is to help guide the permanent teeth into place. A prematurely lost baby tooth, whether lost to an accident or to tooth decay, may need to be replaced with a space maintainer until the permanent tooth erupts naturally. Your dentist should be consulted as soon as possible to determine the appropriate treatment in this situation.
Dental sealants can be applied in the dental office to prevent tooth decay on the chewing surfaces of the teeth. This non-invasive, clear or white coating on the tops of the teeth can prevent bacteria from invading the deep grooves and pits that cannot be reached with normal brushing and flossing.
Contact Fielder Park Dental to schedule your child’s dental appointment today and put them on the track towards a lifetime of healthy smiles.