Tooth decay impacts children of all ages, from babies and toddlers to teens. Without proper care, this could lead to more than just toothaches, such as painful infections or even premature tooth loss. In order to strengthen little smiles in Galveston, TX, we offer families access to fluoride treatments. What benefits will fluoride offer?
How Does Fluoride Prevent Cavities?
Fluoride has a long history of protecting smiles. In the early 1900s, experts were baffled by the presence of dark and permanent stains on teeth in Colorado Springs. As they struggled to learn more, they made another discovery: these same teeth were incredibly resistant to tooth decay. Soon, dental professionals would learn that in proper doses, this naturally occurring mineral prevents cavities without staining teeth. Fluoride has been shown to actually strengthen the outer tooth enamel. Across the United Sates, communities have added this mineral to the water supply, leading to a significant drop in tooth decay among children. In fact, when the city of Juneau, Alaska removed the mineral from their water supply in 2007, the rates of cavities in kids increased significantly in subsequent years.
Warning Signs of Decay
In order to protect smiles with risks of developing decay, we apply a special varnish to the teeth. We then re-apply as necessary in follow-up visits. If you and your family attend regular checkups, then we will be able to identify the presence of cavities in the earlier stages, often before discomfort develops. Otherwise, children may not know they have decay until the teeth begin to hurt or feel sensitive to hot or cold foods and drinks. Don’t ignore complaints of pain in the teeth, as treatment will stop the discomfort and prevent the premature loss of the tooth.
Prevention From Home
Preventing cavities in little smiles also means routine homecare. As soon as teeth erupt, they need to be cleaned twice a day. As more teeth arrive, flossing should join the routine every night before bed. You should monitor your child to make sure he or she is brushing and flossing correctly, and assist if necessary. These steps limit plaque buildup in between cleaning visits and help children avoid cavities. Cutting back on sugary foods and drinks and opting for healthy snacks could also have a positive impact on the smile. To help them brush for the recommended two minutes each session, you may consider purchasing a timer or a fun app. If you have any questions about our treatments and preventive procedures, then please feel free to contact our team today.
Does Your Child Have an Aching Tooth?
We offer preventive dentistry to help your children maintain optimal oral health for years to come. For more information on our preventive options, schedule an appointment by calling Children’s Dental in Galveston, TX, today at 409-744-4551.