The Importance of Preventative Care
Children tend to be vulnerable to developing cavities. In fact, about 42 percent of kids will develop at least one cavity in a primary (baby) tooth between the ages of two and eleven. Preventive care, which includes regular dental check-ups, is an effective step toward preventing cavities and promoting optimal oral health. At our office in Rochester Hills, MI, our caring pediatric dentists promote preventative care through cleanings and at-home care—read on to learn more.
Preventive Dental Care
The primary goal of preventive care is preventing oral health problems in children, including cavities/caries. Visiting one of the skilled pediatric dentists at our practice in Rochester Hills, MI, every six months for a dental check-up and cleaning is an excellent way to maintain healthier teeth and gums. During your child’s check-up, the dentist can identify potential oral health issues early and treat them before they become more serious.
Professional dental cleanings are another important component of preventive care. Dental professionals have the tools, equipment, and skillsets to clean teeth and gums more thoroughly than can be achieved at home. Some threats to oral health, such as plaque and tartar, can only be completely removed from the teeth during a professional cleaning. Clearing away plaque and tartar is important for preventing cavities and even gum disease.
In addition to regular dental check-ups and cleanings, preventive care can also include applying sealants to the teeth. Sealants fill in the pits and grooves on the chewing surfaces of teeth where cavity-causing bacteria can hide or get trapped. Other preventive measures include assessing your child’s risk of developing cavities, monitoring bite development, managing oral habits, and diet counseling to promote healthy eating habits.
Developing Healthy Habits at Home
Our dentists can recommend specific steps you can help your child take at home to promote optimal oral health. Examples of healthy habits that can easily be implemented at home include:
Brushing the teeth twice each day with a fluoride toothpaste
Brushing gently using a soft-bristled toothbrush
Flossing between teeth before bed every night
Limiting the consumption of foods and drinks high in sugar
Wearing a protective mouthguard when playing sports
The importance of preventive care in promoting healthy teeth and gums cannot be understated. Preventive care can help prevent cavities and other oral health concerns. To schedule your child’s next checkup with one of our experienced pediatric dentist, call our office in Rochester Hills, MI, at (248) 608-2626.