Preventative care is one of the most important aspects of dentistry. We recommend that children see the dentist every 6 months starting at the age of 18months. Routine dental exams allow us to effectively build a positive and comfortable relationship with our patients, meanwhile monitoring the growth and development of their teeth and oral cavity. At these visits, we will continue to provide oral hygiene instructions and educate our families about nutrition and habits that may affect the health of their teeth.
The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a professional cleaning every 6 months to prevent cavities and to maintain oral health.
During your teeth cleaning appointment at Hello Kids Dental Group, we will:
Remove debris, plaque, and tartar. Plaque and tartar can cause cavities and lead to gum inflammation.
Polish teeth to remove stains and remaining plaque
Floss and review oral hygiene with child and parent
Place Fluoride Varnish to help prevent tooth decay (Fluoride varnish is a sticky form of fluoride, which allows the fluoride to remain longer on the teeth with a less likely chance of swallowing).
We use digital sensors to take radiographic images at these routine visits. This allows the doctors to see areas of concern that cannot be seen during a clinical examination. With x-rays, we are able to better diagnose tooth decay in between teeth, monitor growth and development of the jaw and teeth, and assess for bone disease or other concerns.
A Sealant is a clear or white shaded material that is applied to the chewing surfaces (grooves and pits) of back teeth, where most cavities are usually found. These sealants when applied properly, can act as protective barriers to food, plaque, and acid attack, thus reducing chances of tooth decay in those areas.
Scientific studies have proven that fluoride is beneficial to teeth. However excess fluoride or lack of fluoride can be detrimental to the teeth. Minimal or no fluoride will not strengthen the teeth to help them resist cavities. Excessive fluoride ingestion by preschool-aged children can lead to dental fluorosis. Dental fluorosis is a chalky white/brown discoloration on permanent teeth.
The following steps can decrease the chance of fluorosis
Place only a pea-sized drop of children’s toothpaste on the toothbrush
Make sure the child is under adult supervision while brushing to ensure proper rinse and spit techniques
Avoid giving fluoride-containing supplements, until you speak with Physician or Dentist.
Inquire about fluoride levels in local water. Check with local water utilities.
Use xylitol toothpaste or brush with water to avoid excess fluoride intake
Xylitol is a natural sugar substitute that has shown to have health benefits. Studies using xylitol have demonstrated a dramatic reduction in tooth decay. Xylitol provides additional protection and can be used as a supplement to current existing cavity prevention methods. Xylitol can be found in toothpaste, mouthwash, lollipops, chewing gum, and lozenges.