Children’s dentistry is a field that deserves more emphasis. Dental caries develops over time. The later we can postpone them, the longer we can keep natural teeth in perfect condition. Taking bad care of the dental health of our children will lead to an early onset of dental problems, and that’s something we understand perfectly at Union Ave Dental in Pueblo, CO.
We have a team of experts in children’s dentistry here at Union Ave Dental. Our dentists are ready to provide your children with anything they need to promote and maintain optimal dental health.
Dental sealants are made of composite resin. We apply them to little grooves present primarily on molar and premolar teeth. Since these teeth are present at the back of the mouth, they can be hard to reach with a toothbrush. Additionally, bacteria love to use these grooves to hide from toothpaste.
Sealants, as the name implies, are used to seal up these grooves. This protects your child’s teeth from bacteria and its harmful effects. We usually recommend applying sealants starting at the age of 4 or 5 when the molars and premolars start to appear.
Fluoride treatment is the application of fluoride in heavy concentrations. Fluoride is almost definitely present in the toothbrush you use, but in much lower levels. Using such high concentrations of fluoride can promote tooth strength and halt any ongoing decay.
It’s best to perform fluoride treatments at the dentist’s office instead of at home without supervision. The dose of fluoride used needs to be calculated by a dentist. Too little fluoride won’t have an effect, and too much fluoride can lead to pitting and staining of teeth.
We can apply fluoride through mouthwash or trays that are put over the teeth for a few minutes. We recommend not eating or drinking for about 30 minutes after fluoride treatment to give teeth a chance to absorb it.
Good dental health in childhood often leads to good dental health in adulthood. Regularly bring in your child for dental check-ups so we can also give you advice on the best ways to take care of his or her teeth at home.