Preventive dental care is immensely crucial, especially for children who don’t really understand how to properly care for their teeth yet. As a parent, having your child attend checkups and routine screenings here at Southern Village Pediatric Dentistry in Chapel Hill, NC, with their pediatric dentist, Dr. Annelise Hardin, is vital to maintaining oral health.
The importance of proper preventive dentistry measures is further highlighted if an oral health issue is detected in advance during dental visits, as this could lessen the risk of your child developing any further complications. With this in mind, the following preventive dentistry treatments can greatly benefit your children.
Professional Teeth Cleanings
The American Dental Association recommends twice-yearly teeth cleanings for children. This is immensely important for avoiding tartar and plaque. You’re likely already well aware that smaller children can’t floss properly by themselves, so there’s a huge risk that plaque will accumulate between your little one’s teeth. Only the special tools used by your pediatric dentist in Chapel Hill, NC, can effectively get rid of plaque buildup and, in turn, prevent cavities, gum disease, and tooth decay.
Fluoride is essential for strengthening your wee one’s teeth. Put simply, it bolsters the tooth enamel and makes it easier for the teeth to fight off bacteria and acids that cause cavities and tooth decay.
Sealants are translucent materials that dentists paint over the teeth’s chewing surfaces to help fend off plaque buildup and prevent cavities from developing and spreading to the other teeth. In most cases, dentists focus on applying sealants to molars that have particularly deep ridges. The procedure is extremely quick since the material hardens in less than five minutes. Once the sealants are in place, you don’t have to worry as much about your kids’ molars since food won’t be able to get in contact with deep ridges.
Aside from these necessary preventive dentistry treatments, your dentist may likewise recommend other treatments depending on your child’s overall oral health.
To Learn More About Preventive Dental Care, Talk to Us
Call (919) 967-2773 to schedule a consultation with our pediatric dentist, Dr. Annelise Hardin, here at Southern Village Pediatric Dentistry in Chapel Hill, NC.