CHILDREN’S DENTISTRY

Sealants & Fluoride

Dental sealants help protect children from having tooth decay. Tooth decay in children is almost inevitable as it is one of the most common diseases of children aged 6 to 11 years old. Fortunately, there are treatments that reduce the chance of cavity development. A sealant is a material that is placed on the chewing surface of the back teeth to protect them from bacteria and acids that contribute to tooth decay. Sealants can last up to 10 years and can provide your child years of protection against cavities.

Fluoride can also help prevent children from acquiring cavities. Fluoride varnish is a thick liquid painted on the teeth with a small disposable brush. Fluoride is good for the teeth because not only does it help prevent tooth decay, but it also strengthens the tooth enamel.

Fillings and Dental Cavities

Children’s teeth have thinner outer enamel which makes them more susceptible to dental cavities. Dental restoration is needed in order to fix the area damaged by decay. One of the most common dental restorations for children is dental filling. The decayed part of the tooth needs to be removed first then the affected area needs to be cleaned thoroughly. After that, the dentist will fill the cleaned out cavity with the appropriate filling material for it. This treatment will not only replace the decayed part of the tooth but it will also help prevent further decay.

Space Maintainers

Space maintainers are helpful if you want your child’s permanent teeth to grow straight. A space maintainer is a custom-made appliance that can be in the form of a band or a temporary crown made of acrylic or metal material that is attached to one side of the empty space left by a lost tooth. The purpose of a space maintainer is to prevent the neighbouring teeth from shifting or tipping into the vacant space. When the child’s permanent tooth starts erupting, the dentist will then remove the space maintainer.

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