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The Benefits of Preventive Care

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Preventive care saves you time and money by helping your child avoid dental issues altogether.

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These appointments empower your child to take control of their dental health. Contact our Houston dental office today.

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Our team at Big Picture Pediatric Dentistry will customize every visit to address your child’s unique needs and preferences.

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Routine preventive care keeps common dental health issues from developing.

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How Can I Care for My Children’s Teeth?

It is important to develop a strong at-home oral hygiene routine with your children. At-home prevention includes brushing and flossing twice a day. During your visit, our Houston dental team can recommend specific strategies and oral health aids that will help you teach your children how to keep their teeth clean and healthy. 

Your child's diet plays a critical role in oral health as well. Acidic foods and drinks can accelerate deterioration of their teeth, and certain foods can enhance the health of the jawbone and gums. Our pediatric dental team believes in bringing your efforts and ours into balance for optimum health. A combination of at-home care and in-office prevention makes for an effective oral health routine. With a proactive approach, together we can prevent minor issues from becoming major procedures.

What Are Dental Sealants?

Dental sealants can be a helpful way to prevent the formation of cavities. This non-invasive procedure can usually be done during your child’s six-month cleaning and oral exam. During your child's visit with our Houston office, we will apply a thin, liquid resin to your child's adult molar teeth that will be hardened with a special UV light.

This sealant will form a protective barrier, which prevents bacteria, acid, and food particles from contacting the rear teeth directly. Dental sealants typically last about 3-5 years and can be reapplied as necessary, making them a good long-term preventive care method to help avoid the development of cavities.

How Do Fluoride Treatments At Our Houston Office Work?

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 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

  • Let them pick out their own toothbrushes and toothpaste – Kids love feeling included in decision making. 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 their 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 teeth, 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.
  • Remember 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 in Houston 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 will 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!


Why Is Preventive Dentistry Important?

There are a few reasons that preventive dentistry and regular six-month visits to Big Picture Pediatric Dentistry are so important. First and foremost, routine dental visits let you stay on top of your child’s oral health.

With routine visits, Dr. Brock will be able to look for signs of cavities and other oral health problems, and he will also be able to check on your child’s oral development and make sure there are no issues with their baby teeth and adult teeth.

Prevention is always the best option. And this also saves you time and money. By catching oral health problems early and taking steps to treat or prevent them, Dr. Brock will reduce the need for costly procedures like dental fillings or crowns.

Routine preventive dentistry also helps you make the most of your dental insurance coverage, if applicable. All insurance plans cover two yearly visits to the dentist, and most pediatric dental plans also cover the cost of recommended care like fluoride treatments and dental sealants. 

Lastly, getting routine preventive care from a dentist helps your child become more familiar with the process. They will be less likely to fear the dentist, and they will develop a real relationship with Dr. Brock and the team at Big Picture Pediatric Dentistry in Houston. This also helps them develop a great attitude toward dentistry, and lifelong oral hygiene habits that will serve them well in the years and decades to come. 

Taking Care Of Your Child’s Teeth At Home

If you want to keep your child’s teeth healthy, the most important thing to do is brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. You’ll need to brush their teeth for them until they can do it on their own, usually around the age of 5-6. Supervising your kids when they brush on their own is a good idea, too.

You should also floss your child’s teeth once a day once they are about 2-3 years old. Kids can’t usually floss on their own until the age of 8-10, so you’ll need to continue flossing their teeth even when they brush on their own.

Beyond this, the most important step to take is to maintain a tooth-healthy diet for your child. Feed them fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, healthy dairy, and lean meats. You should minimize processed food and skip sugary drinks. Avoid cola, juice, sweet tea, and other such drinks. If you want to reduce their risk of cavities, your child should drink only milk and tap water.

Taking Care Of Your Child’s Teeth At Our Office

During your child’s appointment at our Houston office, we will clean their teeth to remove tartar buildup. This is important, since tartar can’t be removed with at-home brushing alone. After this, your child’s hygienist will polish and buff their teeth, and then floss to remove any remaining debris and food particles.

Routine teeth cleanings help keep oral bacteria under control, and along with oral exams from Dr. Brock at Big Picture Pediatric Dentistry, they’re the best way to keep your child’s mouth healthy.

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