Preventive dentistry for children focuses on maintaining oral health and preventing dental problems before they occur. At Growing Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, we see oral health as the result of a combination of professional dental care and at-home oral hygiene practices.
For this reason, we recommend that children visit the dentist every six months for routine dental check-ups. These visits allow the dentist to monitor the child's oral health, detect early signs of dental problems, and provide professional cleanings to remove plaque and tartar buildup.
By incorporating these preventive measures into their oral care routine, children can establish good oral health habits early on, reducing the risk of dental problems and promoting a lifetime of healthy smiles.
A healthy diet also plays a significant role in preventing dental problems. Our dental team will offer guidance on proper nutrition, emphasizing the importance of a balanced diet, limiting sugary snacks and beverages, and encouraging the consumption of tooth-friendly foods such as fruits, vegetables, and dairy products.
Types of Preventative Dentistry Treatments
Professional dental cleanings, also known as prophylaxis, are essential for children. During these cleanings, the dental hygienist removes plaque and tartar from the teeth and gums, helping to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Cleanings also allow the dental team to educate children about proper oral hygiene techniques.
Dental sealants are thin, protective coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to prevent cavities. Sealants fill in the deep grooves and pits on these surfaces, creating a barrier that prevents bacteria and food particles from getting trapped and causing decay.
Fluoride is a mineral that strengthens tooth enamel and helps prevent tooth decay. Professional fluoride treatments involve applying a fluoride gel or varnish to the teeth. These treatments can significantly benefit children who are at a higher risk of developing cavities.
The Benefits of Preventative Dentistry Treatments
Reduced Risk of Tooth Decay
Preventive dentistry procedures such as regular dental check-ups, dental cleanings, and fluoride treatments help reduce the risk of tooth decay in children. These interventions remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria from the teeth, strengthen the enamel with fluoride, and provide early detection and treatment of cavities. By addressing dental issues at an early stage, more extensive and costly treatments can often be avoided.
Prevention of Gum Disease
Gum disease, also known as gingivitis or periodontal disease, can also affect children. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings help prevent gum disease by removing plaque and tartar buildup along the gumline. Early detection and intervention can prevent the progression of gum disease, protecting the gums and underlying bone.
Improved Oral Health Habits
Preventive dentistry educates children about proper oral hygiene practices, including brushing, flossing, and maintaining a healthy diet. By instilling good oral health habits early, children are more likely to continue practicing these habits into adulthood, leading to better long-term oral health outcomes.
Preventive dentistry for children provides the foundation for a lifetime of healthy smiles and ensures children maintain a positive attitude toward oral healthcare. For the best dental care for your child, visit Growing Smiles Pediatric Dentistry at 10722 Potranco Rd #109, San Antonio, TX 78251, or call (210) 647-4769.