Prophylaxis (Dental Cleaning)
Infants, children and adolescents can benefit from regular dental prophylaxis (dental cleanings). Treatment helps keep teeth free from plaque, minimizing the risk of gum disease and tooth decay.
Each treatment plan is individualized, so the frequency of prophylaxis does vary from child to child, depending on their risk for developing dental diseases.
This risk is evaluated according to the age of your child, their dental history, their current oral health, and any other factors that could influence the build-up of plaque in the mouth.
Fluoride Varnish Treatment
Fluoride varnish is a type of topical fluoride. This means it’s applied directly to the surfaces of the teeth to help prevent tooth decay.
The fluoride varnish is able to penetrate the tooth enamel, hardening and protecting it. Fluoride varnish can help prevent new cavities from forming, and it can slow down any decay that is already present. It can even be used to repair the very first signs of tooth decay.
Your child can have this treatment up to four times a year, every three months.
Customized Prevention Plan
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.
A healthy body and a healthy mouth are very closely connected, and your child’s teeth and gums need adequate nutrition to ensure they develop normally. Without proper nutrition your child is less able to fight off diseases, including gum disease, as their body will not have the tools to repair gum tissues and bone.
A nutritionally sound diet should contain plenty of fruits and vegetables, as well as dairy and lean meats, combined with the right types of starchy or carbohydrate rich foods and healthy oils.
Dental Sealants (BPA Free)
Dental sealants are a very thin, BPA free plastic coating that is painted onto the chewing surfaces of the adult back teeth; these are the molars and premolars. The sealant is applied to help protect these surfaces from tooth decay.
These chewing surfaces are particularly prone towards developing cavities as they can often have very deep fissures and grooves that are tricky to clean thoroughly. As a result it’s easy for food particles and plaque bacteria to become trapped in these deep fissures, increasing the risk of cavities. Dental sealants effectively seal up the tooth, preventing plaque and food from settling in these areas.
Oral Hygiene Instructions
Professional pediatric dental care is vitally important, but it’s just as essential to look after your child’s teeth and gums at home. Home dental care forms a central part of preventative dental care, but parents and caregivers can often struggle to clean a young child’s mouth.