Starting a child early with regular dental exams and care can mean a lifetime of better oral health. From the time of a child’s first tooth, the pediatric dentist can help start patterns of eating and hygiene that can protect against early tooth decay, as well as tooth alignment and gum problems in adulthood.
In addition to regular cleanings, a pediatric dentist can apply sealants to protect young teeth from decay. The dentist can also help select mouth guards to prevent sports injuries, and provide timely diagnosis and treatment of orthodontic problems. My Time Dental Centers welcomes children ages 8 and up and will make their visit more fun!
Tooth enamel is constantly dissolved and replaced in the mouth through a process called Demineralization/Remineralization. Fluoride provides replacement materials that make our teeth much stronger. Research indicates that fluoride can help prevent cavities in children and adults in at least two ways:
- Making our enamel stronger and more resistant to acids in the mouth. These acids are formed by bacteria and sugars in our daily diet.
- Helping reduce the amount of bacteria on the tooth surface
Water fluoridation is a common practice in U.S. public water systems. However, bottled water, home treatment systems, and private well water may not be fluoridated. The lack of fluoride for infants and children during the crucial formative years may contribute to tooth decay.
“Topical” applications such as toothpaste, mouth rinses, and fluoride varnish are excellent sources of fluoride. If you’re concerned about getting enough fluoride to protect your teeth, My Time Dental Centers offers fluoride treatments in the office to make sure all teeth receive the benefits of fluoride.