Dental care is the most unmet health need in children even though tooth decay remains the most common chronic childhood illness. Advancements in children’s dentistry, including water fluoridation, fluoride toothpaste, and improvements in preventative treatments make dental decay easier to control, yet most children will experience tooth decay at one time or another.
Is there anything I can do as a parent?
Many parents want to know how they can prevent decay in their children. What most parents don’t know is that until about the age of eight years old, children lack the dexterity to brush well enough on their own. They will need your assistance until then. When they are capable of brushing on their own, they may need assistance with their follow through.
What else can prevent decay?
Brushing with fluoride toothpaste and receiving additional fluoride treatments (if necessary) at their regular dental cleaning appointments can help keep their enamel strong. Regular professional dental cleanings are essential to maintaining your child’s dental health.
We also offer another form of preventative children’s dentistry called dental sealants. Dental sealants are a clear coating Dr. Richard Facko may recommend for patients with deep grooves in their teeth or who are more susceptible to dental decay for other reasons. Sealants provide a barrier between the foods your child eats and the chewing surfaces of their teeth.