At Kingston Dental Arts, we focus on helping patients to establish good oral health habits that last a lifetime. Bringing your child to the dentist is important for desensitization, evaluation and early intervention if necessary. It is important from an emotional standpoint to create positive experiences at the dental office at a young age, so the child is less likely to develop fear of the dentist. Our highly trained team will work with the child and parent to ensure good habits are being formed early on.
The role of fluoride is very important for children because it improves the quality and strength of the enamel in their developing teeth, making them more resistant to decay. Fluoride varnish is applied to the surfaces of the teeth can be applied during routine cleaning and checkup appointments. After the application of fluoride varnish, the child is safe to eat and drink right away, but should avoid brushing their teeth until bedtime. Although fluoride varnish can prevent cavities and slow their progression, good homecare, oral hygiene and a healthy diet are still essential to preventing tooth decay.
Dental sealants are often recommended as part of your child’s prevention program. Many children’s permanent teeth naturally have deep grooves, which are an easy place for food and bacteria to get stuck and eat away at the tooth, causing cavities. Sealants are a fluoride-releasing resin that are placed in the deep grooves of back teeth, preventing food and bacteria from getting stuck, therefore reducing the risk of cavities. According to the American Dental Association, dental sealants reduce the risk of cavities in molars by 80%. Sealants are durable and may last several years.
Composite Fillings (Mercury-Free)
When tooth structure is damaged from decay or fractures, it can be repaired with a tooth-colored composite resin. They are a strong and durable option and are mercury-free, unlike metal or amalgam restorations.