Children of all ages are susceptible to tooth decay, even toddlers and babies can develop cavities. However, there are ways to help safeguard young smiles against cavities. In today’s blog, we’re taking a look at the preventive treatments we offer kids in Des Moines, IA.
Frequently Asked Questions About Tooth Decay Prevention
Question: What causes a cavity?
Answer: Tooth decay forms when harmful bacteria moves past the outer layers of tooth enamel and reaches the inner layers of dentin, which are much more sensitive. A cavity then forms, which will continue to grow and spread unless treated. Children and adults with cavities often experience tooth sensitivity and toothaches. Eventually, a filling will be necessary to stop pain and prevent infection.
Question: What are fluoride treatments?
Answer: We apply fluoride in a special varnish, the application taking about a minute. Fluoride remineralizes the tooth, strengthening outer tooth enamel and protecting smiles from the onset of tooth decay.
Question: How do dental sealants safeguard smiles?
Answer: We apply the dental sealant to the back teeth, which prevents food from becoming stuck between them. The sealants are made of plastic and will wear away with time. Applying them only takes a few minutes and your child enjoys a reduced risk of cavities!
Question: Should my children brush and floss?
Answer: Yes! While fluoride and sealants help, kids still need to be brushing their teeth twice a day and flossing every night before bed. You may need to monitor and help your younger kids brush and floss. In addition, we suggest a routine exam and dental cleaning every six months. If you have any questions about improving oral health, then contact our team today. We want to make sure your little ones enjoy optimal oral health!
Gateway Dental Group Offers Cavity Prevention
At Gateway Dental Group, we offer prevent care to help keep kids from developing cavities. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Burds and his team at Gateway Dental Group, call our office today at (515) 244-9565. Located in Des Moines, IA, we proudly welcome patients from the Des Moines area, and surrounding communities.