Just like teens and adults, children’s smiles are susceptible to tooth decay. Without preventive care, the risks of cavities increase, as well as the risk of pain and premature tooth loss. Fortunately, we have treatment options to help prevent the onset of tooth decay for kids in Columbia, TN.
Frequently Asked Questions About Preventing Tooth Decay
Question: How does a cavity form?
Answer: A cavity forms when the protective layer of tooth enamel becomes compromised. Poor oral hygiene and sugary snacks and drinks will lead to plaque buildup, a bacterial byproduct that causes enamel to erode. Other factors behind cavities include injuries to the teeth, as chips and fractures, also compromise the outer enamel.
Question: Does my child need a fluoride treatment?
Answer: Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral that strengthens outer enamel. In fact, fluoride is in our drinking water and helps reduce tooth decay as a result. For kids susceptible to cavities, we may apply a fluoride varnish.
Question: How does a dental sealant work?
Answer: For children, brushing and flossing the rear teeth may be difficult. As a result, food particles remain trapped on or between teeth, leading to a greater risk of cavities. The plastic dental sealant prevents food from becoming stuck between these hard-to-reach teeth, protecting the smile.
Question: What steps can we take to protect teeth at home?
Answer: In addition to fluoride and dental sealants, you should also make sure your children are caring for their smiles at home. Every day, children of all ages need to brush their teeth in the morning and again at night, and floss before bed. You may need to help and monitor your younger children. Routine care helps protect the smile from cavities, gingivitis, and more. If you have any questions about our preventive procedures, or about avoiding decay from home, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Tooth Decay?
We help our patients avoid the onset of cavities with preventive dental procedures. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, call Creekside Family Dental Care in Columbia, TN, today at (931) 388–3384.