Important Preventative Treatments in Children's Dentistry

There are many reasons to start taking your child to a dentist regularly as soon as they get their first teeth. A child dentist can check the teeth are growing properly, spot any signs of inadequate brushing and check for issues with the child's bite. Getting used to the dentist at as young an age as possible also minimises the chances of developing a phobia later in life, which in turn makes sure your child will grow up with good habits and excellent dental health.

But one of the most important, and often overlooked reasons, to take your child to a dentist regularly is the range of preventative treatments that can be provided. With these, the young teeth can be helped along during their growth, keeping them healthier and limiting the chances of problems developing.

Fissure sealant

Children's teeth are as susceptible to decay as an adult's, and the place where they're most likely to develop cavities is at the back. The molars have deep grooves on the biting surface, which are danger spots for the build-up of food and bacteria. It can be difficult to keep them clean, which means decay can happen quickly.

Fissure sealants are plastic-based substances that are applied to the teeth, filling in these deep grooves. This keeps particles out and makes cleaning much easier and more effective.

Fluoride varnish

While fluoride is supplied by using an ordinary toothpaste, it helps to have more. The trouble is, using high amounts of it in toothpaste can mean it's accidentally swallowed, which is unsafe in large doses. By using a fluoride varnish on teeth, the teeth can be provided with more without the risk of swallowing. This should be done on children's teeth every six months.

Fitted mouth guard

Anyone who participates in sports can have accidents where the teeth are damaged, but it's an especially high risk among children. By having a custom-made mouth guard, your child's teeth will be protected while they enjoy themselves by participating in sport.

Orthodontic planning

Although orthodontic braces are not normally fitted before adolescence, it's never too early to start thinking about it. A dentist can monitor how your child's teeth are developing, which allows them to spot any alignment, bite or overcrowding problems that might develop. This means you can begin to put a plan into place early on so the orthodontic treatment can begin at the optimal point, making it as effective as can be.