Preventative Treatment

Once you have children, you know that the costs of living are going to go up! Education, clothes, food, and above all—health. Your child’s health is one of the most important things that you are responsible for and that you must strive to keep. Whether it’s by keeping an eye on them so that they don’t get into trouble or keeping your medical checkups with their health professional and pediatric dentist, we know that it can be a stressful ordeal. This is why here at Blooming Smiles Children’s Dentistry And Orthodontics, one of the best tips that we can give you is about preventative treatment. But what exactly is preventative treatment? These are measures that a pediatric dentist will suggest so that you, as a parent, can ensure that your child receives in order to avoid costly, long, and, oftentimes, painful treatments in their future. Here are a few preventative treatments that can help you save money in the long run!

Prevent Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is a result of improper hygiene and a poor diet. Children are notorious for their love of sugary treats, but what happens when their teeth aren’t properly taken care of with daily brushing and flossing? Bacteria from sugary foods and other meals will stay in between their teeth and gums and will begin to eat away at their tooth enamel. This is how cavities form. If the tooth decay gets bad enough, it may result in nerve damage or total tooth loss. Keep this from occurring by giving your child a healthy diet, teaching them good oral habits, and keeping regular appointments with Woodland Hills pediatric dentist.

Use Sealants

Use Sealants

Sealants are a protective measure you can elect to have placed on your children. Since good oral habits are sometimes hard to apply because they take so long (to impatient children) or because they’re boring (to some kids), allowing your child to receive sealants on their teeth may be a good idea. Sealants are basically used to cover your child’s tooth’s grooves and depressions in hard to brush areas were cavities are typically prone to form. The material used to make sealants is a simple resin that will last for years but should be checked during your child’s regular oral appointments.

Use Items With Fluoride

Fluoride is a very important substance! It is the element that both protects and strengthens your teeth and its health. Over time, you may eat or drink items that wear away the naturally occurring fluoride in your teeth. Help curb this loss by using toothpaste and mouthwash that is infused with fluoride. Drinking water treated with fluoride on a daily basis will also help strengthen your teeth which will, in turn, help you avoid cavities. If your child still struggles with the levels of fluoride in their teeth, talk to your Northridge family dentist and see what else can be done to help—in some instances, the pediatric dentist may, if necessary, recommend fluoride supplements in tablet or drop form.

Contact Your Local Pediatric Dentist

These tips will help you and your child in the long run and, when they grow up, they will thank you for all the precautions you took. Still have more questions? That’s okay! Our doctors are ready to supply you with more information and more tips! Contact us directly or book an appointment online, today!