Fluoride Treatments And Sealants Offer Extra Protection

Round Rock, TX, dentist offers fluoride and sealants

Like you, your little one should visit the dentist biannually and practice an oral hygiene routine at home. These steps can help keep their smiles healthy and cavity-free. Younger patients can be more susceptible to decay because their diets often consist of more sugar, and they may not have the best skill at brushing their teeth. The team at Pediatric Dentistry of Round Rock offers extra measures that can safeguard your child from cavities.

A Way To Restrengthen Their Enamel

Cavities are a concern for many reasons. First, they can erode away your enamel which cannot be regrown. This can make your teeth more sensitive and prone to staining. If early signs of decay are noticed, your dentist may recommend a fluoride treatment to add minerals back to the enamel. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that can be found in our water, kinds of toothpaste, and other places. It can also be applied topically to your teeth for an extra boost of protection. After their cleaning, the hygienist will apply the gel to their teeth. Your child may need to avoid eating or drinking anything for about thirty minutes after the appointment,

Protect Your Molars From Decay

The back molars may be more susceptible to cavities because we use these teeth to chew food. They can be hard to reach and contain many grooves, which makes them hard to clean. Dental sealants are a helpful way to protect your molars from cavities. These are a thin layer of resin applied to your back teeth. They function as a barrier between your dental structures and harmful bacteria. This can help reduce the chances of a cavity forming on a back molar and requiring a dental filling or other restoration. Usually, sealants will be added once the permanent molars have erupted.

If A Cavity Does Occur

Cavities may still happen even if you do your best to prevent them. If your little one does develop one, their dentist will schedule an appointment to restore the tooth with a dental filling. During this visit, the damaged part of the tooth is removed and replaced with a strong material like composite resin. Your child may not be able to notice a cavity developing, so it is important that your child sees the dentist regularly for a cleaning and examination. Some signs of decay may include lingering sensitivity when eating and persistent bad breath. Checkups can help detect signs of decay early so they can be treated promptly. If decay is ignored, it can cause several problems for your oral health which may need to be restored with more extensive treatments.

Talk To Our Team To Learn More

If you have any questions about these preventive measures, or would like to schedule an appointment, call Pediatric Dentistry of Round Rock at 512-733-5311.