One of the goals of good dental care and hygiene is to prevent tooth decay and cavities. However, sometimes despite your best efforts, children get cavities that need to be treated. Here at Chicago kiDDS Pediatric Dentistry we offer prevention plans and comfortable treatment options.
The key to preventing cavities is good oral hygiene habits from infancy. Wiping your child’s gums after feedings and then using a soft toothbrush after his or her teeth come in will prevent the build-up of bacteria. After your child’s 1st birthday, use a smear of fluoridated toothpaste. School aged children should also use fluoridated toothpaste and will need your help brushing until they reach 9 years old.
Brushing twice a day is needed to keep your child’s teeth clean and cavity-free. However, if your child eats a diet heavy in sugars – cookies, candy, fruit juices and soda – brushing after meals may be needed.
Regular dental check-ups are key to cavity prevention and treatment. At Chicago kiDDS Pediatric Dentistry, we will check your child’s teeth for signs of early decay and discuss any dietary or nutritional concerns you have.
If your child develops cavities, we will treat them safely, with the most-effective, least traumatic methods possible. Treatment of cavities is important in children, even with baby teeth. If left untreated, decay in baby teeth is not just a problem localized to the mouth, it can affect the overall health of the child and impact the adult teeth as well. In addition, if baby teeth fall out too early, the spacing of the adult teeth will be affected and may require orthodontics and surgery.
Sealants are becoming a popular tool for the prevention and treatment of cavities in children. A safe, tooth colored coating that is applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, dental sealants are an effective way to prevent cavities. They coat the teeth, providing a barrier that prevents bacteria from reaching the teeth. Dental sealants have also been used to stop tooth decay that has already started.
Sealants are recommended for use on permanent molars and premolars. They are often applied soon after they have erupted, at 6 years and at 12 years.
When compared to the cost of treating cavities, sealants are a cost-effective prevention option. At Chicago kiDDS Pediatric Dentistry, we will work with you to help prevent cavities in your child’s teeth.