Dentistry involves more than just correcting problems or issues that have already occurred. Preventive dental treatments are designed to prevent certain oral health problems from occurring in the future. By receiving preventive dental treatments, children are less likely to require major dental procedures later in life.
Childhood is the best time in a person’s life to receive preventive dental treatments. This is because dentists have significantly more flexibility in controlling the health and well-being of teeth that are still growing rather than teeth that have already fully developed. Once a person’s teeth have finished growing, it becomes much more difficult to correct most dental issues. As a result, parents are strongly encouraged to consider preventive treatments whenever possible.
At Gentle Touch Smiles for Kids, we provide children with several different preventive treatment options, including:
- Complete Dental Checkups: We take preventive measures during each complete dental checkup. By thoroughly examining your child’s teeth and taking digital X-rays, we can detect minor oral health issues before they become serious dental problems.
- Fluoride Applications: Fluoride works to strengthen tooth enamel, which prevents tooth decay and cavities from occurring.
- Mouth Guards: By wearing protective mouth guards, children are less likely to experience oral injury when playing contact sports.
- Sealants: Many children receive dental sealants as a way of protecting their back teeth from damage, while also making them easier to clean and maintain.