Practicing preventive dentistry is highly effective in staving off all sorts of oral problems in children. As a leading pediatric dentist serving the greater Dallas-Fort Worth metro area, the dentist at Tooth Castle Pediatric Dentistry in Carrollton, Texas, offers young patients the latest in preventive techniques and procedures. Call the office or book an appointment using the online tool.
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), children should have their teeth professionally cleaned and examined twice a year. A professional cleaning removes plaque buildup that causes tooth decay and cavities. Dentists and dental hygienists have the skills and professional instruments to remove plaque, tartar, and debris that even children who brush and floss regularly can’t reach.
Cleanings also include teeth polishing and a thorough examination by the dentist. The exam may include X-rays, as well. X-rays enable the dentist to assess problems between teeth and under the gums that are not readily visible. During cleanings, patients at Tooth Castle Pediatric Dentistry are also taught how to properly brush and floss their teeth at home, ensuring optimum oral health.
Fluoride is a mineral that can help prevent cavities and even repair teeth in the earliest stages of decay. While fluoride is in water and toothpaste, the foam and gel treatments offered at Tooth Castle Pediatric Dentistry are of a much stronger concentration. These treatments are also totally painless and take only a few minutes.
Sealants are highly effective in preventing cavities and, like fluoride treatments, the application process is easy and completely painless. Sealants are thin, plastic coatings that the dentist paints onto the chewing surface of your child’s back teeth (premolars and molars). These teeth contain small pits and grooves where food can get stuck. Sealants bond directly to the teeth and harden, forming a protective shield to keep out food and bacteria.
Children usually get sealants between the ages of 6 and 14, when their first molars erupt, and they’re also most prone to cavities. Sometimes the dentist may recommend sealants for your child's baby teeth that have deep pits and grooves. Sealants can last a decade. The dentist at Tooth Castle Pediatric Dentistry checks the condition of your child’s sealants as part of their regular exam.
Prevent dental problems for your child before they arise. Call Tooth Castle Pediatric Dentistry or book an appointment online.