Cleaning back teeth can be quite difficult for children. And no matter how many times we remind our kids, they tend to skip daily brushing and flossing every now and then. For these reasons, Dr. Stewart suggests dental sealants and fluoride supplements for your youngsters.
Dental sealants are clear plastic coatings that are painted over back teeth (molars) to guard against decay. The sealants form a barrier between tooth enamel and the sugars, starches, and acids that cause cavities. Sealants are a painless and quick preventive procedure that can yield lifelong benefits. Over the years, dental sealants wear away, so they never have to be removed.
Fluoride is a mineral that, in small amounts, attracts other minerals that strengthen tooth enamel. A few decades ago, a movement in the US resulted in many cities and towns adding fluoride to their public water supply, decreasing tooth decay across the nation. Today, however, children often drink non-fluoridated bottled water and, therefore, are no longer getting a sufficient amount of fluoride. To help compensate, we use fluoridated toothpaste and offer a fluoride rinse to help protect your child’s teeth from cavities.