How can I Prevent Cavities in my Child?
Did you know that one in four children under the age of five have cavities? Cavities develop as a result of tooth decay and manifest as small holes in the teeth. Over time, and without proper treatment, they can grow deeper and cause more severe symptoms. Here at Pomerado Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer numerous pediatric dental treatments to maintain optimal oral health and to help prevent and treat cavities in children and adolescents.
“The two things that a parent can do to prevent cavities in their children’s teeth are limiting sugar intake and monitoring brushing and flossing at home,” says Dr. Jason Keckley. “A diet high in processed sugars will result in more cavities. It’s important to observe your child while they brush their teeth and show them how you floss so they will mirror your behavior.”
Dental sealants, which are are thin, plastic coatings applied to the premolars and molars, present one solution to help reduce the risk of cavities. “A dental sealant is a filling material that flows into the deep pits and grooves on the biting surface of a child’s tooth,” says Dr. Keckley. “Blocking the deep pits and grooves from the possibility of breakdown by cavity-causing bacteria can prevent the need for a future filling.”
We generally recommended that once your child reaches three years of age that he or she be brought in for their first dental evaluation. We will instruct you on how to best care for your child’s teeth, and may take digital x-rays to check on the status of their teeth and gums, as well as any signs of decay. In addition to oral examinations and cleanings, some of our pediatric and adolescent general dentistry procedures also include fluoride treatments and tooth-colored fillings.