What is Preventative Dental Care?
Preventative dental care is the act of caring for teeth to keep them healthy. Routine preventative dental care can help children avoid cavities, gingivitis, periodontitis, enamel wear, space deficiency and more. Our office provides a number of preventative services.
Also known, as a professional dental cleaning is the removal of plaque, stain and calculus from the patient’s teeth. A dental prophylaxis should be completed twice per year, and/or as advised by your dental provider.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that aids in cavity prevention. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) affirms that fluoride is a safe and effective adjunct in reducing caries formation. Topical application of fluoride is recommended for all children at risk for cavities.
Pit and Fissure Sealants
Pit and Fissure sealants are materials placed in the pits and fissures of the teeth and help reduce the risk of caries in predisposed pits and fissures. Dental sealants are important because studies show that 80-90% of cavities in permanent posterior teeth and 44% in primary posterior teeth occur in the pits and fissures. Sealants are most commonly placed after the eruption of the first and second permanent molars. The first permanent molar erupts at age six and the second permanent molars erupt at age 12.
Premature or early loss of a primary tooth can occur due to caries, trauma, or other reasons. The loss of a tooth can lead to unwanted tooth movement of adjacent and/or opposing teeth. Space maintenance is recommended to prevent undesired tooth movement following early loss of a tooth and to maintain the space for the adult tooth.