Preventive dentistry is especially crucial for children. Your child’s oral health care today has a major impact on their oral health as an adult, and for the rest of their lives. Scott A. Andersen, DDS, and Tab R. Imdacha, DDS, the highly experienced pediatric dentists at Woodlands Pediatric Dentistry in The Woodlands and Spring, Texas, work with parents and children to help them develop preventive care habits that ensure good oral health long-term. Use the online scheduler or call the office most convenient to you for your child’s appointment now.
Preventive dentistry focuses on taking action now to avoid dental problems later. Dr. Andersen and Dr. Imdacha recommend a variety of preventive dentistry techniques to help your child maintain good oral health now and in the future.
Regular checkups and teeth cleanings are the cornerstones of preventive dentistry. Usually, children need to have teeth cleanings and checkups twice a year. When you combine this professional dental care with the right dental care at home, your child has the best oral health foundation possible.
A healthy diet is an important part of cavity prevention, and the main thing to remember is that sugar is the big enemy. A healthy diet with minimal sugar is also better for your child’s overall health.
Limit sugar to desserts only, and don’t make sugary desserts a daily thing. Offer your child snacks like raw fruit, cheese sticks, or crackers instead of sugary choices like candy or cakes. If your child takes liquid medicine like cough syrup or pain relievers, have them brush immediately afterward since most of these liquids are high in sugar.
Of course, sugar isn’t the only thing that causes tooth decay: Any food particle can eventually cause decay if not removed through regular brushing and flossing. Supervise your child’s brushing and flossing until they’re around 8 years old and able to do these things reliably on their own.
Fluoride is an important tool for preventive dentistry, and it’s often prescribed in several forms. Dr. Andersen and Dr. Imdacha recommend brushing three times daily (after each meal) with a fluoride toothpaste.
Additionally, Dr. Andersen and Dr. Imdacha may prescribe a topical fluoride gel such as Omni Gel™ or Gel-Kam®, which your child brushes onto their teeth and leaves overnight to help fight decay and strengthen enamel.
If your local water supply isn’t fluoridated or has low fluoride levels, your child may need fluoride tablets until they’re around 11 years old. These tablets replace the fluoride that your child would normally get by using fluoridated water.
Preventive dentistry is something that should become routine for your child very soon, and they’ll thank you for it when they’re an adult with strong healthy teeth. Book your child’s appointment at Woodlands Pediatric Dentistry online or by phone today.