A focus on preventive dentistry helps you maintain the highest standard of oral health while limiting dental expenditures.
A partnership between you and our pediatric dentists pays dividends, protecting your smile now and well into the future. At home, prevention may include brushing and flossing twice a day. But many strategies and oral health aids exist that may fit your situation even better. Often patients are surprised to learn that a particular toothpaste, rinse, or specialized toothpick will serve them best and make all the difference in their efforts. Our team can help customize solutions that enhance your daily efforts, often turning frustration into smiles at the healthy changes that occur.
Your diet plays a critical role in oral health as well. Acidic foods and drinks can accelerate deterioration of your teeth, and certain foods can enhance the health of your supporting jawbone and gums. Our team believes in bringing your efforts and ours into balance for optimum health.
And of course, regular dental exams and cleanings prove vital in preventing decay and gum disease as you keep daily habits consistent. With a proactive approach, together we can prevent minor issues from becoming major procedures.
If your child is cavity-prone, dental sealants can be a helpful way to prevent the formation of cavities in the future. This non-invasive procedure can usually be done during your child’s six-month teeth cleaning and oral exam. During treatment, Dr. Brock or Dr. Casas will apply a thin, liquid resin to your child’s rear teeth.
This liquid resin will quickly harden into a protective barrier, which prevents bacteria, acid, and food particles from contacting the rear teeth directly. Dental sealants can last up to 10 years, so they are a good long-term preventive care method to help prevent the development of cavities.
Fluoride is the best way to treat the most minor stage of tooth decay, which is often called a “soft spot.” Soft spots occur when the enamel begins to weaken and break down, but a hole (cavity) in the enamel has not yet formed.
Fluoride has the unique ability to remineralize tooth enamel. By applying a fluoride-rich solution onto your child’s teeth, Dr. Brock and Dr. Casas can encourage the tooth to become stronger and reverse the damage done by minor cases of tooth decay, preventing a cavity from forming altogether.
Tips to Help Your Children Develop Proper Oral Hygiene Habits
Looking for some ways to encourage better oral hygiene in your kids? Here are a few top tips from Brock & Casas Pediatric Dentistry:
Let them pick out their own toothbrushes and toothpaste – Kids love feeling invested in their own oral hygiene. Giving them the opportunity to pick out a fun toothbrush that lets them express themselves will help get them excited about using it.
Supervise brushing – Parents should brush children’s teeth until they have the motor skills to tie their own shoes, which usually happens around the age of 5-6. When children start brushing on their own, it’s important to supervise them from time to time to ensure they are brushing for at least 2 minutes and using the proper amount of toothpaste.
Don’t forget to floss – Brushing alone is not enough to remove food particles and plaque, and prevent gum disease and cavities. Floss your child’s teeth once per day. Most children have enough dexterity to start flossing on their own around the age of 10.
Schedule regular dental appointments – Seeing Dr. Brock or Dr. Cases every 6 months will help your child get used to the process of a teeth cleaning and oral exam. Routine appointments will also help them learn more about how to take care of their teeth properly.
Lead by example – Make sure you’re taking proper care of your teeth, too! Brush properly and floss, and see the dentist regularly. Your children are going to be influenced by how you take care of your teeth, so be a great role model and set a good example for them to follow!
Everyone loves the smooth, glassy surface of freshly polished teeth. Our registered dental hygienists help you maintain optimal health, which goes far beyond polished enamel. With a regular preventive schedule, we can remove the bacterial deposits that lead to dental disease. But we can also monitor for silent problems, such as tooth decay or gum disease before they become major issues.
Optimal dental health results from a healthy partnership between you and us. While we can provide critical support, your efforts every day make all the difference. And with the unlimited number of product resources available today, we can help you customize a protocol that works perfectly for your dental condition.