Most parents know children’s oral health basics: brush regularly, reduce sugar intake, limit snacking, and get adequate amounts of calcium and Vitamin D. Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS recommends three additional tools for preventing cavities in toddlers and children.
Resin dental sealants are applied by your dentist. The material bonds to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, protecting the pits and fissures from decay. Some Utah dental insurance providers cover dental sealants, so check with your provider if you are considering them.
Fluoride supplements help strengthen developing teeth prior to eruption. You can get a prescription from your pediatrician or talk to us at Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS in Murray. There is one caveat, however: if you have fluoridated water, your pediatrician may counsel against taking additional fluoride in supplement form.
If your son or daughter is taking fluoride supplements, is an oral rinse redundant? Actually, no. While supplements help tooth development, fluoride rinse helps teeth that have already come in. Make sure you pick one specifically formulated for children. Products labeled as a mouthwash are usually intended only for breath-freshening and may not contain fluoride.
I counsel children to use an oral rinse after they brush and floss at night. They are most effective when they are the last substance on teeth before kids go to bed.
At Salt Lake Dental Care – Clint Blackwood DDS, we believe that with proper preventative dentistry, kids can enjoy healthy teeth for life.
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