As parents, we all want to ensure our children grow up with healthy smiles and strong teeth. Cavities are one of the most common yet preventable childhood diseases. To protect your child’s oral health, our dental team recommends the use of sealants and fluoride treatments to prevent cavities and the utilization of laser technology for its effective removal when decay occurs. In this blog post, your preventive and children’s dentistry experts in Maple Grove, MN, will explain our process for preventing and treating tooth decay in children.
Prevention is Key
Dental sealants act as a protective shield, helping to prevent dental decay in children. They are typically applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars and premolars), which are more prone to cavities.
Sealants work by filling in the pits and grooves on the tooth’s surface, creating a smooth and easy-to-clean surface. This protective barrier prevents bacteria and food particles from accumulating and causing decay. Dental sealants are painless and non-invasive, making them an excellent preventive measure for children.
Fluoride is a natural mineral that strengthens tooth enamel and helps to prevent dental decay. Fluoride treatments can be applied topically or ingested through fluoridated water, toothpaste, or mouth rinses.
Topical fluoride treatments, such as fluoride varnishes or gels, are commonly used by dental professionals during routine check-ups. These treatments are quick and easy and provide an extra layer of protection against tooth decay.
Advanced Cavity Removal with Lasers
Despite our best efforts, dental decay can still occur in children. When this happens, the use of laser technology has revolutionized the way cavities are treated, making the process quicker, more efficient, and more comfortable for young patients. Without the use of an intimidating drill, the precision of lasers also minimizes damage to the healthy tooth structure. We can preserve more of your child’s natural tooth and reduce the need for extensive drilling. This aspect is crucial for young children with developing teeth.
Schedule A Check-Up for Your Child
Preventing dental decay in children is of utmost importance in maintaining their oral health and overall well-being. Our team would love to partner with you and your family to ensure healthy smiles that last a lifetime. Schedule your child’s next check-up with our team at Elm Creek Dental in Maple Grove, MN, today at (763)416-0606!