What Is Preventative Treatment?

What Is Preventative Treatment?
Posted on 05/09/2017

As a Woodland Hills pediatric dentistry practice that puts an emphasis on early education and prevention, the team at Blooming Smiles is dedicated to helping our young patients achieve and maintain good dental health. Preventative dental treatment plays a major role in a child’s overall oral and physical health. Much like an adult, the onset of dental decay can lead to many problems, with some issues related to oral health and some related to overall well-being. This is why proper preventative care is so important for children and their developing teeth.

Protecting Young Teeth From Decay

Keeping your child’s teeth strong and healthy is just as important to us as it is to you! We work hard to help our patients avoid the biggest threat to teeth, which is dental decay by keeping your child’s teeth strong and healthy. Our Northridge pediatric dentist will show your child how to effectively brush and floss and when necessary, recommend preventative treatments like fluoride and dental sealants.

To help your child avoid dental decay, you should emphasize the importance of adhering to a proper dental hygiene routine, which involves brushing and flossing after meals and before bedtime. To help your child keep his or her teeth healthy, we provide dental sealants and fluoride treatment to help our young patients avoid dental decay.

Tooth Sealants

While brushing and flossing are the best ways to help prevent cavities, it is not easy to clean all the nooks and crannies of teeth, and especially back teeth (molars) used for chewing. The molars have rough surfaces and deep grooves and depressions where leftover food particles and cavity-causing bacteria can linger. To help keep these teeth cavity-free, we can apply dental sealants. A sealant is a thin, protective coating made from a resin material that is applied to the back teeth to help prevent cavities from forming.

Fluoride Keeps Teeth Healthy & Strong

Fluoride is a natural mineral that helps protect teeth from decay. It was found decades ago that people who consistently drink fluoridated water have far fewer cavities than people living in areas without fluoridated water. The American Dental Association and the World Health Organization endorse the use of fluoride in water supplies because of its effectiveness in preventing cavities. Today, fluoride is added to toothpastes and mouthwashes to help in the fight against tooth decay. If your main water supply doesn’t contain enough fluoride, we can prescribe fluoride tablets or drops for your child to take daily.

Healthy Eating For A Healthy Smile

Even though sugar tastes good, it can do a lot of harm to your child’s young teeth. Instead of allowing your child to consume sugary foods and beverages, offer them fresh fruit, vegetables, cheese, nuts and water to drink.

Have A Question? Contact Your Local Woodland Hills & Northridge Pediatric Dentist Today!

If you have any questions about your child’s oral health or need more tips for helping your child avoid cavities, please feel free to contact us as we’re always here to help! If it’s time for your child to undergo a routine checkup and professional cleaning, please complete the Request an Appointment form that’s located on our home page. We look forward to seeing you and your child soon and helping your child achieve and maintain a healthy and happy smile!