What can be done to prevent tooth decay in my child?

Regular brushing and flossing

Brushing and flossing daily, as well as maintaining a good diet is the key to preventing tooth decay in your children. It’s a good idea for you to brush and floss your child’s teeth until they are fully capable practicing correct brushing and flossing methods, typically at around the age of eight. If your child resists, turn it into a game and make it fun.

Fissure Sealants

Sometimes the use of fissure sealants is necessary to prevent tooth decay for children. Fissure sealants are simply a white sealant which is applied onto the grooves of the teeth. This provides an effective coating and acts as a preventative, non-invasive method of reducing the risk of decay. It’s important to conduct a thorough oral examination to assess the depth of teeth groves, before fissure sealants are considered. Fissure sealants are a successful and long-established method of preventing decay in the grooves of teeth.

Fillings

Depending on the extent and location of the decayed region of the tooth, your child may require a restoration, or ‘filling.’ Fillings are very simple, and involve placing a bonded, tooth-coloured filling on either the front or back teeth. They work very well for managing small or medium-sized areas of decay. Vigilant preventive care and regular dental check-ups are essential to ensure the longevity of such treatments.

Caps

Caps, or ‘crowns’ are the strongest and most durable solution available. They are particularly useful for repairing heavily decayed molar (back) teeth, but can also be used on incisor (front) teeth. They provide the ultimate form of protection for young, permanent teeth.

Mouthguards

Other than decay, one of the most common problems with children’s teeth is accidental injuries which occur while playing sport. It is strongly recommended that active children and teenagers, especially those who play contact sports, wear a professionally fitted mouthguard. Not only will this provide greater protection than standard supermarket mouthguards, it will offer a greater level of comfort, which will in turn encourage your child to keep using it!

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