No two children are the same, and for this reason your pediatric dentist will ensure your child’s prevention plan is fully customized. Each plan is designed to help your child’s teeth and gums remain as healthy as possible, and to ensure teeth and jaws develop normally.
The idea is to help prevent problems before they begin, or to be able to identify problems as soon as they develop so they can be treated quickly and more effectively. A customized prevention plan gives your child the best possible chance of entering into adulthood with a healthy, beautiful smile.
How Does a Custom Prevention Plan Work?
Your pediatric dentist will examine your child’s teeth and gums to create a custom prevention plan. This will be based on a number of different factors including your child’s dental and medical history, and their current dental health.
These factors help determine how frequently your child will need to visit the dentist, and the type of treatment that will be provided to help prevent dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease. Some children are more susceptible than others towards developing cavities, and a prevention plan can help reduce this risk. The types of treatments on a custom treatment plan can include:
- Regular dental exams, cleanings and digital dental x-rays
- Dental varnish treatments
- Dental sealants
- Education on tooth brushing and flossing
- Mouth guards
- Treatment for oral habits such as thumb sucking or teeth grinding
A customized prevention plan can also be useful for orthodontic treatments, as early intervention can sometimes help prevent certain problems from developing or becoming any worse, reducing the need for orthodontics in the future.