Children can develop cavities just like adults can. We know that as a parent the health and happiness of your children means more than anything. Fortunately, we have the treatment options that can help protect little smiles from cavities. Let’s talk about tips for helping kids avoid the onset of tooth decay.
Frequently Asked Questions About Avoiding Tooth Decay
Question: How often should a kid have a cleaning?
Answer: Just like you, your child benefits from a routine dental cleaning every six months. While brushing and flossing at home can reduce the severity of plaque buildup, only a dental cleaning can completely remove plaque and tartar form the teeth. The cleaning helps protect little smiles from tooth decay, gingivitis, bad breath, and discoloration!
Question: How do fluoride treatments work?
Answer: To help children that are especially susceptible to tooth decay, we may recommend a fluoride treatment. We apply fluoride to the teeth in the form of a varnish. The entire procedure only takes minutes and helps improve the strength of the outer enamel, increasing the tooth’s security against harmful bacteria. Remember, tap water also contains fluoride and can help your child’s smile stay strong!
Question: Why do you prescribe dental sealants?
Answer: Dental sealants are a special plastic coating we apply to the back teeth. These are often hard for kids to reach when brushing and flossing, which can allow food to become trapped between them and increase the risk of cavities. The sealants keep food from becoming caught between teeth.
Question: Won’t the baby teeth just fall out anyway?
Answer: Often, when a child develops cavities in a baby tooth, parents ask if they can just wait for the tooth to fall out. We want to remind parents that it can take months to years for a baby tooth to fall out. Untreated cavities can cause painful infections and premature tooth loss before a tooth would fall out naturally, increasing the risk of misalignment. Always treat cavities quickly!
Do Your Kids Need a Checkup?
We can help address cavities in children and offer preventive procedures and educational tips to help avoid the onset of decay. You can schedule an appointment with Munilla Dental in Southlake, TX by calling 817-379-1200.