Prevention is an essential part of protecting a child’s smile and keeping it healthy. Good oral hygiene habits developed can help prevent potential problems. Good oral hygiene includes brushing and flossing at home and visiting your dentist at least twice a year. Your dentist may recommend treatments such as dental sealants and fluoride treatments to help create a preventative and protective plan for your children’s smiles. Helping to instill good habits in children can provide a good foundation for a strong smile.
Good Habits Start Early
Instilling good habits when you are young can increase the likelihood that those habits will carry into adulthood. Brushing and flossing should be done effectively at least twice a day for everybody including children. Depending on your children’s age, it may be important for you to monitor their brushing and flossing until you are sure that your child can do them both correctly. Special toothbrushes and floss are developed for children to feature their favorite colors or characters. This can be a great way to encourage fun hygiene sessions. Just like for you, checkups and cleanings with your dentist should happen at least twice a year. Creating a good relationship between your child and their dentist is better when formed at a young age.
Recommended Preventative Treatments
Protective steps like dental sealants or fluoride treatments are particularly geared for children’s smiles. Dental sealants are thin, protective plastic coats applied directly to the surfaces of clean teeth to help keep away dangerous buildup from the surfaces of the teeth. Sealants can help to prevent bacteria, plaque, and tartar from causing tooth decay and cavities. Dental sealants cannot replace good habits, but they can help to defend against potentially bad habits that children may have, like ineffective brushing or eating sweets. Fluoride treatments are also applied directly to the teeth, and can help remineralize and strengthen the enamel of the teeth.
We Can Help You Protect Your Child’s Smile
Smile protection is important to everyone at any age. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-210-1701. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, Gardner, and all surrounding communities.