Cavities don’t affect children more than they do adults – after all, over 90% of adults have had at least one cavity in a permanent tooth. However, children may be more prone to neglect their hygiene habits, or consume more sugary snacks and beverages, which may place their still-developing teeth at greater risk.
The key to preventing cavities is to protect teeth from oral bacteria and the food particles they feed on. Brushing and flossing at least twice a day removes most of the plaque that oral bacteria form. Yet, for additional protection, Dr. Darlington may recommend placing dental sealants on your child’s teeth. Sealants are thin layers of biocompatible acrylic that are spread over teeth’s chewing surfaces. The layer further protects teeth by preventing plaque and food debris from gathering between the cusps on your child’s teeth.
The mineral, fluoride, is commonly found in most popular toothpaste brands, as well as being applied directly to teeth at the dentist’s office. Fluoride possesses the ability to bond to and strengthen weaker layers of tooth enamel – the protective, highly-mineralized outer layer of your teeth. Through fluoride applications, Dr. Darlington can help strengthen the natural protection of your child’s teeth to reduce the risks of cavity development.