In many ways, good dental health care is mostly about prevention and protection. For children’s smiles, that includes preserving the health and integrity of their developing teeth and oral structures, which can sometimes take a little extra effort. At our Cleveland, TX, dental office, protecting your child’s healthy smile and its proper growth and development are our top priority. Today, we examine some of the ways we tailor your child’s dental health care and treatment to achieve that goal.
Keeping their smiles healthy with cleaning
Regular dental cleaning is essential to everyone’s good dental health routine, and children should visit as often as their parents (usually, at least once every six months). These visits allow us to not only thoroughly clean your child’s teeth of harmful oral bacteria, which could lead to cavities and gum disease, but also to check their smiles carefully for any signs of trouble that need immediate attention. As your child’s oral structures grow and develop, addressing any concerns that spring up as soon as possible will be paramount to preserving their permanent smiles.
Fortifying their tooth enamel with fluoride
The enamel that surrounds and protects your child’s teeth is the first thing that protects them from harmful oral bacteria. This layer is made almost completely of minerals, which teeth utilize to form their highly resilient enamel. However, enamel can be weakened by the substances harmful oral bacteria produce, like acid, and if this occurs to severely, it can lead to tooth decay and cavity development. To strengthen weakened tooth enamel, we can often suggest topical fluoride treatment. Place over the surfaces of your child’s teeth, the mineral fluoride can bond to their enamel’s weakened mineral strands, making it stronger and more resilient against bacteria.
Barring bacteria from their teeth with sealants
Sometimes, preventing bacteria from reaching your child’s tooth enamel at all is necessary to give it time to regain its strength. To do so, we might recommend placing dental sealants over the chewing surfaces of your child’s teeth. Dental sealants are biocompatible acrylic layers that are painted onto your child’s teeth’s chewing surfaces. They provide an instant barrier against harmful oral bacteria and food particles to prevent them from forming plaque on your child’s tooth enamel.
Learn how we can help protect your child’s smile
Protecting your child’s healthy smile for life is our top priority! To learn more, call our Cleveland Family Dentistry office in Cleveland, TX, today at (281) 592-1234. We also serve the residents of Kingwood, Conroe, Livingston, and all surrounding communities.