It is important that your children’s teeth stay healthy, whether they simply have their baby teeth, or their permanent teeth are all in place. At Oakhurst Family Dental, our pediatric dentist Oakhurst, Dr. Richard J. Victor, will provide your child with excellent pediatric dental care, including dental exams and treatments to protect against cavities.
There are many reasons why children are more prone to developing dental cavities. To begin with, children are notoriously poor tooth-brushers. For this reason, it is more likely that dental plaque will remain on teeth and that cavities will develop. Children also like to eat sweets. When this mixes with materials in the dental plaque, acids are formed in your child’s mouth which will eat through their dental enamel. Finally, children’s teeth often have pits and grooves in them which make it easier for dental plaque to stick to teeth. For all these reasons, children are more likely to develop dental cavities. Thankfully, there are several things you can do to help your child’s teeth to remain healthy. You will want to help your child to brush and floss his or her teeth at home. If your child is old enough to do this on their own, make sure that they follow the proper tooth brushing and flossing techniques. You will also want to make sure that your child comes into our dental practice for regular dental exams by our pediatric dentist Oakhurst, and for dental cleanings. Our dentist offers fluoride treatments which will help to strengthen your child’s tooth enamel. This will make it much less likely that they will get dental cavities. We also offer dental sealants. Dental sealants are used to protect the flat chewing surfaces of your child’s pre-molars and molars. One single treatment of dental sealants will last for many years. Dental sealants not only make it more difficult for plaque to adhere to teeth, but they also act as a physical barrier between your child’s molars and cavity-causing materials in the mouth.
For an appointment for your child to be seen by our pediatric dentist Oakhurst, simply contact us today.