Hearing that your child needs treatment for a cavity can be uncomfortable. If they have suffered several cavities, you can be understandably concerned that their oral care habits might require some improvement. At our Riverside, CA dentist’s office, we are ready to help our young patients take great care of their teeth. During pediatric dental exams, we can provide evaluations and cleanings that keep their teeth in good health. We can also spend time during their visit discussing the importance of good oral hygiene at home, and offering them instructions on better brushing and flossing. To further protect them from tooth decay, we can recommend fluoride treatments and dental sealants at the appropriate age.
Pediatric Dental Visits Help Kids Develop Better Smile Habits
You can – and should – provide your kids with instructions on effective and brushing and flossing, and check in on them when they first start cleaning their teeth on their own. With that said, you should not feel like only you are responsible for taking care of their teeth. Just as your dentist provides you with important preventive dental services, they can gladly provide support for your kids. Pediatric dental visits help make it clear to kids that the health of their teeth is important. They learn from their dentist how to brush and floss effectively, and also learn more about what cavities are, and how they affect a person’s health.
Dental Sealants And Fluoride Treatments Can Help Your Kids Avoid Tooth Decay
As your child grows up, your dentist can provide continued support through dental exams and cleanings, along with information on the importance of oral care. When the time is right, your dentist can provide further support to help them avoid cavities by offering dental sealants and fluoride treatments. Dental sealants cover teeth so that bacteria and food debris are not gathering on their enamel. Even as the sealants wear away, they can provide continued protection for the grooves between teeth with cusps, so these harder-to-reach areas have an extra degree of defense. Fluoride treatments keep teeth strong by making them better at recovering from minor decay. As a result, they are less likely to have minor damage build up to the point of becoming a cavity.
Encouraging Better Oral Health Habits Between Visits
It seems safe to assume that you prefer to avoid problems that require dental crowns and dental fillings, and that you want your kids to avoid those problems, too. In addition to bringing them to the dentist’s office, you can protect their teeth by providing them healthy meals and snacks that are low in sugar. Watching them brush and floss can also be helpful – as kids are learning to take care of their teeth on their own, they are less likely to slip into bad habits when they believe you might catch them.
Your Riverside, CA Dentist’s Office Can Help Your Kids Avoid Cavities
At our Riverside, CA dentist’s office, we are proud to make important oral health care available to patients of all ages. To learn more, or to make an appointment at one of our locations closest to you, reach us at the following:
Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA at (951) 369-1001.
Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA at (951) 689-5031.
Dental Associates of Moreno Valley in Moreno Valley, CA at (951) 697-6800.
Riverside Dental Group at Woodcrest in Riverside, CA at (951) 776-9001.
Oasis Family Dental in Temecula, CA at (951) 695-2290.
Dental Associates of Corona in Corona, CA at (951) 273-9580.