It is always better to avoid a medical problem altogether rather than to face it. Even minor tooth decay can result in toothaches, tooth sensitivity, and pain when eating. When left untreated, decay can lead to more serious issues including tooth loss, pain, or infection. At Timber Kids Dentistry we want your children to feel great all of the time, so it is best to avoid tooth decay in the first place. Our goal is to educate your children about preventative dentistry, and help them develop great oral hygiene habits that will lead to a lasting, healthy, smile.
Diet | We will encourage your children to consume minimal amounts of sugary foods and drinks. Cavities could also be coming from the types of foods and juices that your children eat and drink every day like sugary cereals, granola bars, or sports drinks.
Care | Around the age of 7, your child is usually ready to start brushing his or her own teeth. We will teach them good brushing habits that will minimize the bacteria that forms on their teeth so that they can avoid cavities. Your children should use pea-sized amounts of fluoridated toothpaste to properly clean and strengthen teeth. Once your child is old enough, they should also use a mouthwash that contains fluoride for further protection.
Sealants | The Center for Disease Control found that dental sealants prevent cavities in children. Sealants are thin coatings painted on teeth to protect them from cavities. They flow into the deep grooves of teeth and harden immediately so a child is able to chew right away.
Sealants prevent the most cavities when applied soon after permanent molars come into the mouth (around age 6 for 1st molars and age 12 for 2nd molars).Dental sealants prevent 80% of cavities in the back teeth, where 9 in 10 cavities occur. About 60% of children ages 6-11 years don’t get dental sealants. Children from low-income families are 20% less likely to get dental sealants than children from higher-income families.
Guidance | Up until your child is seven, and as long as you think is necessary after, you should guide your child while they brush their teeth. Watch over their oral care habits to make sure that they are brushing every tooth properly and brushing for a sufficient amount of time. Remeber, two minutes twice per day!
We can suggest the best products and habits for your child to keep their teeth and gums in tip-top shape. We can also use sealants and other treatments in the office to prevent cavity formation. Give us a call today to schedule your preventative care appointment.