Preventive dentistry is the practice of caring for your teeth to keep them healthy. This helps to avoid cavities, gum disease, enamel wear, and more.
Precaution and Steps to take to keep your Child Cavity Free:
1. Always use Flouride based Toothpaste
Fluoride in toothpaste has played a big role in reducing cavities. All individuals who have their natural teeth may benefit from the fluoride found in toothpaste and mouth rinses. Fluoride inhibits the demineralization of tooth surfaces.
2. Preventive fluoride treatment every 6 months
Fluoride is especially helpful if you’re at high risk of developing dental caries, or cavities. Cavities occur when bacteria build up on teeth and gums and form a sticky layer of plaque. Dentists provide professional fluoride treatments in the form of a highly concentrated rinse, foam, gel, or varnish. They only take a few minutes to apply. You may be asked to avoid eating or drinking for 30 minutes after the treatment so the fluoride can fully absorb. Always give your dentist your full health history so they can choose the right treatments for you.
3. Use Sealants to Seal Out Decay
Sealants are thin, plastic coatings painted on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. Having sealants put on healthy teeth now will save you money in the long run by avoiding fillings, crowns, or caps used to fix decayed teeth. But the most important reason for getting sealants is to avoid tooth decay. Healthy teeth can last a lifetime!
4. Use braces for unaligned teeth at appropriate age
Patients with crooked teeth are more susceptible to developing tooth decay and even gum disease. When teeth are not thoroughly cleaned, bacteria can begin to develop causing tooth decay, infection and periodontal disease. So its important for timely examination and get braces put for your child if the doctor advises.
5. Brushing twice a day
The best remedy to prevent cavity is to brush your teeth regularly, i.e. at least twice a day. In the fight against cavities, it is essential that you brush your teeth properly at least twice a day with a toothpaste containing fluoride.
6. Annual Dental Checkup
Regular dental visits are important because they help to keep your teeth and gums healthy. During the dental check-up, your dental professional will check your overall oral health for any trouble areas.