Dental Care for Children
Children Should brush after every meal and before bed to remove food particles and plaque.
Proper brushing with a fluoride toothpaste, regular visits to the dentist and a healthy diet that limits sugary snacks and drinks are all important to maintaining a child’s dental health. In addition, dentists can provide fluoride treatments and place sealants on your child’s teeth that will help prevent decay (cavities).
Brushing at Home
Regular brushing with a fluoride toothpaste is necessary to keep the teeth clean and prevent decay. Children should brush after every meal and before bed to remove food particles and plaque. (Plaque is a sticky material that develops on teeth when food particles and bacteria are not removed.) Parents should check to make sure their child is brushing properly, and, for very young children, assist with their brushing to ensure that food and plaque are removed.
Dental sealants are plastic-like coatings that fill in the small grooves on the chewing surfaces of back teeth to help prevent decay. These grooves can be very deep and, because food and sugary substances pack into them, are prone to decay. These grooves are difficult for you to clean with a toothbrush and even for your dentist to clean.
Sealants can be placed on the permanent molars shortly after they erupt, usually between 5 and 7 years of age for the first permanent molars and between the ages of 11 and 1 3 for the second molars. Premolars may also be sealed if they have deep grooves or pits on the chewing surface. Premolars usually come in between ages 9 and 11. Baby teeth do not normally require sealants. Sealants are easily and quickly applied by your dentist or dental hygienist without drilling or anesthesia.
Fluoride is one of the most effective methods to prevent dental decay and is found in many community water supplies. You should talk with your dentist or pediatrician to see if your child needs fluoride supplements or fluoride treatments in the dental office.
A mouth guard can help protect your child’s teeth during sports and physical activities. Mouth guards must fit properly to provide protection. You should ask your dentist about the mouth guard that is most appropriate for your child’s activities.
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