Like your children’s physical health, their dental health is best protected through prevention. Therefore, patients of all ages should attend regular preventive visits in addition to maintaining excellent hygiene at home. Preventive dentistry often focuses on controlling the buildup of harmful plaque and tartar (the calcified form of plaque), which contain hundreds of kinds of oral bacteria. When the bacteria remain long enough, they can produce harmful substances that lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Preventive dentistry may also include diagnosis and treatment for bite issues, such as teeth-grinding, as well as behavioral and treatment options designed specifically for special needs patients.
Checkups and Cleanings
Brushing teeth at least twice a day and flossing at least once are the cornerstones of good hygiene, as well as the first defense against harmful bacteria and plaque buildup. However, when your child misses a spot of plaque, it can quickly calcify into tartar, which toothpaste and water cannot remove. Attending a checkup and cleaning appointment at least twice a year allows us to thoroughly remove plaque and tartar before they can lead to tooth decay or gum disease, as well as carefully inspect your child’s teeth and gums to ensure that no issues have already developed. If children do exhibit dental disease, then the dentist can recommend an appropriate cosmetic or restorative treatment to restore the health and appearance of their smiles.
Scaling and Root Planing
Though regular cleanings help keep your children’s teeth and gums healthy and free of oral bacteria, there may be instances when oral bacteria work their way underneath gums and cannot be reached easily. When they settle on your child’s teeth roots underneath the gums, bacteria can lead to gingivitis, the precursor to gum disease. When left untreated, gum disease can lead to rampant inflammation and damage to the gums and jawbone, eventually leading to tooth loss. To prevent such extreme circumstances, your child’s dentist may recommend scaling and root planing to control gingivitis and gum disease in early stages. Also known as deep cleaning, or periodontal cleaning, the procedure involves carefully cleaning oral bacteria from underneath gums to remove the infection and allow the gums to heal.
Schedule a Preventive Dental Visit Today
Preventive dentistry is necessary to keep your child’s smile healthy and avoid potentially serious dental health issues. To learn more, or if your child has special needs that make preventive dental visits difficult, then schedule a consultation with us by calling Children’s Dental in Galveston, TX, today at 409-744-4551.