Children’s dentistry differs from general adult dental care in a few important ways. For instance, prevention is the cornerstone of good dental health at all ages. However, children’s dentistry also includes treatment options designed specifically to assist the proper growth and development of your child’s teeth and oral structures. One of the most common threats to that development is the formation of cavities – a product of tooth decay – that can affect the health of the permanent teeth that are still developing. Therefore, many treatments focus on helping children prevent cavities better and improve their chances of keeping their smiles healthy for life.
What Is a Cavity?
Cavities, or holes, form in teeth when oral bacteria infect their structures. To reach them, these bacteria produce acids that erode protective tooth enamel, become more harmful the more they accumulate. Because children are still developing the hygiene habits they’ll need later in life, they’re often less adept at preventing oral bacteria from causing decay, which is why they often need a little help from their dentist to successfully prevent cavities.
Keeping Children’s Teeth Safe
The most important tool to give children for the sake of the their dental health is to teach them how to practice good hygiene consistently at home, leading by example. In addition, you can help children develop the habit of visiting the dentist by making sure they attend every checkup and cleaning that the dentist recommends. During each visit, the dentist will carefully inspect your child’s teeth to make sure they remain healthy, and may recommend treatments such as fluoride and/or dental sealants for additional protection against cavity development.
Learn More About Preventing Kids’ Cavities
Helping kids prevent cavities is one of the most important aspects of consistent children’s dentistry. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX at 832-437-3849. We proudly welcome patients and families from Katy, Fulshear, Weston Lakes, Simonton, Richmond, Rosenberg, Brookshire, Wallis, Orchard, Cypress, Sealy, Columbus, and all surrounding communities.