Now that your children are officially on summer break, they’re probably having a hard time maintaining their regular routines, such as brushing and flossing, and are probably snacking a little more than usual. These factors could mean an increased risk of cavities! Fortunately, your Garland, TX, dentist has preventive treatments to help protect little smiles from tooth decay.
The Causes of Cavities in Your Child’s Smile
When kids consume sugary foods and drinks, this leaves behind particles on and between the teeth. Starchy items, such as chips, could do the same. When bacteria consume these particles, this elevates oral acidity and coats the teeth in a layer of plaque buildup. Unless removed, the plaque could then weaken outer enamel and inflame gum tissues, increasing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease, as well as teeth stains and bad breath. Kids could then experience aching teeth or sore gums. To help prevent cavities, we suggest a healthier diet, drinking more water, brushing and flossing daily, and having their teeth professionally cleaned every six months to remove all plaque. We also have preventive treatments that could help too!
For many kids, the rear teeth are difficult to reach when they’re brushing and flossing each morning and evening. As a result, foods could stay stuck between them, fuel for harmful bacteria. During a checkup visit, we can apply a special plastic coating to these teeth. The sealants keep food from becoming stuck, significantly reducing the risk of cavities. The sealants stay in place for several years, and wear away naturally with time.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that has been shown to strengthen outer enamel and reduce the risk of cavities. In fact, that’s why there is fluoride in our tap water! To help protect little smiles, during each checkup and cleaning visit, we can apply fluoride in a varnish form to the teeth. This helps strengthen them and lower the risk of cavities. Our preventive treatments, combined with cleanings and better homecare routines, can help your kids enjoy healthy smiles all summer long. If you schedule an appointment now, their next one should happen around winter break, so your kids don’t have to miss school and risk falling behind! If you have any questions about children’s dentistry, then please feel free to give our team a call.
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT CHILDREN’S DENTISTRY?
Our team is ready to help your child enjoy a brighter and healthier smile all summer long. To learn more about our treatments for kids, then schedule a consultation by calling Mai Dentistry in Garland, TX, today at 972-530-0552. For our patients who don’t speak English, our office is fluent in both Spanish and Vietnamese.