Preventive dental care is very important when you want teeth to stay healthy. This is particularly important for children who need extra help in preventing cavities. Children are very prone to getting cavities for several reasons. To begin with, children’s teeth often have pits and grooves in them, especially the flat chewing surfaces of back molars. These spaces serve as great places for plaque, food particles, and bacteria to hide and create tooth decay. Children are also notoriously poor tooth-brushes, since they have not yet perfected their tooth brushing skills — so it is especially difficult for these teeth to be kept clean. And finally, children like to maintain diets which are high in carbs and sugars. These substances mix with saliva in the mouth to form harmful acids which cause tooth decay. Happily, at our Foxboro dental office, children are able to receive different preventive tooth treatments, including fluoride treatments and dental sealants.
At Advanced Dental care our expert and highly trained dentist is Dr. Arkady Naiman. Dr. Naiman has over 30 years’ experience providing exemplary dental care to our patients. We are very happy to be able to offer fluoride treatments to our patients, particularly our younger patients. However, fluoride treatments can also be helpful for others. Fluoride works to strengthen tooth enamel. Fluoride is a mineral that is absorbed into the tooth enamel and strengthens it. This helps the enamel better fight off cavity-causing substances. Fluoride is actually a compound that is naturally found in nature. It is used by our teeth during re-mineralization, to strengthen teeth and repair damage caused by decay. At our Foxboro dental office, our patient will have a fluoride treatment up until the age of 18. Fluoride remains on the patient’s teeth for one minute and should not be rinsed away for the 30 minutes following treatment.
At our Foxboro dental office, patients are also able to get dental sealants. Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that protect the children’s back molars from decay. Since these areas have pits and grooves, and the chewing surfaces are rough and uneven, food and bacteria can easily get stuck and stay there for long periods of time. The dental sealants will be painted on and fill in the roughened spaces, keeping food and bacteria out. Fluoride treatments, dental sealants, and regular dental checkups will help keep your children’s teeth healthy. For an appointment for your child to see our top-notch dentist, contact us today.