You won’t always be responsible for ensuring your child properly cleans their teeth every day. As they get older, it will become their own responsibility, and the most you can do is teach them to do it correctly. However, good teeth brushing and flossing habits can only go so far, and your child should also learn the important role their dentist plays in helping them prevent things like cavities from forming. Today, we explore a few preventive measures beyond good dental hygiene that we can utilize to help protect and preserve your child’s healthy smile longer.
Education about good dental hygiene
Though it can’t do it all alone, a good dental hygiene routine is an essential part of keeping smiles consistently healthy at any age. For children, however, it’s not just about sticking to good hygiene practices, but learning the right ones, as well. Therefore, it’s important to focus on teaching children the most effective and successful methods of brushing and flossing their teeth every day. During visits to the dentist for regular checkups and cleanings, we can build on those lessons to help you and your child improve your teeth brushing and flossing practices at home.
Fluoride treatments and dental sealants
The point of teaching children to keep their teeth consistently clean is to teach them how to prevent things from forming that could lead to things like cavities and more. These concerns arise from the buildup of too much plaque and tartar, which harbor oral bacteria that attack your child’s tooth enamel. If this enamel grows weak enough or is compromised, then oral bacteria can more easily harm a tooth’s main structure. Through the use of preventive treatments like fluoride and dental sealants, we can offer an enhanced level of protection for your child’s teeth and reduce the risks of bacteria compromising them.
Conservative tooth restorations for kids
Sometimes, accidental trauma or an inattentive dental hygiene routine can make more involved treatment necessary for preserving your child’s healthy smile. When your child has one or more teeth that need to be restored, the most successful way to do so is often with a restoration that minimizes the overall extent of the treatment process. For example, if a cavity develops, then we can often place a conservative, tooth-colored filling to save the healthy tooth structure from further decay.
Learn how we can help protect your child’s teeth
Even after they improve their dental hygiene skills, children can sometimes benefit from a little extra help in preventing things like cavities. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Pediatric Dental Care at Casa Linda in Dallas, TX today at 214-321-4880. We proudly serve patients who live around Casa Linda and all surrounding Dallas communities.