Most parents know children’s dental health basics: brush regularly, reduce sugar intake, limit snacking, and get adequate amounts of calcium and Vitamin D. The Plano Dentist recommends three additional tools for preventing cavities in toddlers and children.
- Fluoride supplements
- Oral rinses
Resin dental sealants are applied by the dentist, and act as an extra layer of protection for young teeth. The material bonds to the chewing surfaces of the molars, safeguarding the pits and fissures from decay.
Fluoride supplements help strengthen still-forming teeth prior to eruption. You can get a prescription from your pediatrician or meet with us at The Plano Dentist. There is one caveat, however: if you have fluoridated water, your pediatrician may advise against taking additional fluoride in supplement form.
If your son or daughter is taking fluoride supplements, is an oral rinse redundant? Actually, no. Fluoride supplements help strengthen teeth that are still forming, but a fluoride rinse helps teeth that have already come in. Make sure you choose one specifically formulated for children. Products labeled as a mouthwash are usually intended only for breath-freshening and may not contain fluoride.
At The Plano Dentist, we believe that with proper attention, kids can enjoy excellent dental health for life. Our services include family and cosemtic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment with us today.
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