Believe it or not, preventive care plays a major role in the overall oral and physical health of your child. Much like an adult, the onset of decay can lead to a multitude of problems, some relating to oral health, and some relating to overall well-being. This is why proper preventive care is so instrumental for your child, and their developing teeth.
- Proper brushing and flossing techniques
- Regular cleanings and exams
- Healthy eating habits
- Fluoride treatments
- Early cavity detection
- Education on healthy daily habits
Fluoride is the best preventative dentistry available. The reason it gets a bad rap is because it can be dangerous if you ingest it in large quantities. The fluoride the dentist applies is not systemic (where you swallow it), it is applied topically and quickly hardens. It adheres to your tooth where the fluoride strengthens the tooth enamel and prevents small cavities from getting worse. The fluoride is brushed off after 4-6 hours of it being absorbed into the enamel of the tooth. The ADA and the major health organizations in the world today still say it’s one of the top ways to prevent tooth decay.