When it comes to preventing pediatric tooth decay and the resulting cavities, you want to have every effective tool at your disposal. Here at the office of Mark Heller DMD, we recommend a combination of good strategies at home, along with twice-yearly visits for our dental care in Great Neck. However, there’s more that we can offer. Sealants and fluoride treatments are essential in avoiding the cavities that create complications for your child.
It’s all in the name of preventing the effects of plaque, which is the filmy substance that grows on and between teeth. It is fueled by sugar, which is why we recommend that you keep a close watch on how much your child consumes, both in foods as well as drinks. There are many hidden or lesser known sources of dietary sugar, including fruit juices and condiments like ketchup. Most of the plaque created is removed when your child brushes and flosses. Some of it does manage to stay out of reach, where it then hardens into tartar, which cannot be efficiently addressed with at-home oral hygiene. Our dental care in Great Neck includes six month checkups and teeth cleanings. It’s there that tartar and residual plaque are eliminated. Sealants are thin plastic coatings that “painted” onto your children’s teeth, focusing on the depressions and grooves that are difficult to reach when brushing and flossing. Those areas will then be far less likely to be the weak points where tooth decay occurs first. As for fluoride, it’s a key component in most toothpastes and dental rinses, but getting fluoride treatments strengthens your child’s teeth, making them better able to withstand the impact that plaque and tartar put on them.
One thing is certain: the less decay, the fewer cavities; and the fewer cavities, the less pain and complications there are for your child. So schedule an appointment for our dental care in Great Neck to take advantage of what sealants and fluoride can do.