Prophylaxis (Dental Cleanings)
We recommend regular cleanings and dental exams every six months for all of our patients. These visits help keep teeth free of cavities and ensure that gums remain healthy by removing a buildup of tartar and plaque. If left untreated, these accumulations can lead to inflammation and disease. During these visits, our dentists look for any signs of tooth decay, gum disease or oral cancer through physical examination, as well as X-rays. This cleaning also polishes your child’s teeth by removing stains and plaque that could be missed during normal brushing.
Fluoride helps to prevent decay and strengthen teeth. It is a natural substance that is found in water sources and foods, as well as toothpaste, mouth rinses and our professional treatments. In order to ensure extra protection and healthy teeth, fluoride is a common and efficient means of prevention, especially with a child’s developing teeth.
Fluoride treatments vary with patients, and applications could be repeated every three, six, or 12 months. Fluoride is often recommended for those with an increased risk of tooth decay, which includes:
- Poor diet
- Active cavities
- Poor oral hygiene
- Tooth enamel defects
- Eating disorders
- Drug or alcohol abuse
Dental sealants are thin, plastic coatings applied to the teeth in order to protect their grooves. These grooves are susceptible to plaque buildup and are at a higher risk of decay. The procedure is quick and painless, and are applied once the six-year molars are present, or from ages 6 to 16.
In some cases, we recommend a mouth guard to correct various bad habits, such as thumb sucking, tongue thrusting and pacifier use. It is important to end these habits as early as possible to avoid alignment issues later in your child’s life.