Proper oral hygiene, including daily brushing of the teeth and gums and frequent dental check-ups, is really important for the overall health and well-being of children. Poor oral hygiene can result in tooth decay and periodontitis gum disease, leading even to tooth loss. Good oral hygiene among children, on the other hand, is necessary for proper speech and nutrition and can also improve self-esteem considerably.
Here at Simply Teeth, we firmly believe that prevention is better than cure, therefore, we urge our patients to bring their children for regular check-ups and cleanings in our Ilford practice. Rather than fixing things when they are broken, we stop them breaking by taking preventive action. Our dentist in Ilford will examine your child’s teeth thoroughly in order to have a better understanding of their dental needs. Although baby teeth are eventually replaced with permanent teeth, healthy baby teeth are essential to a child’s overall health and development.
At Simply Teeth, we provide a number of preventive treatments for children including fluoride applications and fissure sealants. Both of these treatments prevent tooth decay and help your child’s teeth remain strong and healthy for longer.
Treatment with fluoride is one of the most effective ways of preventing tooth decay in children. Fluoride is a natural mineral found in tap water and tooth paste, which in very small quantities, is beneficial for the health of our teeth. Professional fluoride treatments administered by our Ilford dentist are both safe and effective as they act as a shield for the tooth enamel. Studies have also shown that fluoride can even reverse early dental decay in some cases.
Fissure sealants, on the other hand, are a safe and totally painless way of protecting your child’s teeth from decay. Essentially, a sealant is a protective plastic layer, which is applied by your Ilford dentist directly on the biting surfaces (fissures) of the back teeth. The sealant forms a hard shield that keeps food and bacteria from entering your children’s teeth and causing decay.
Whereas fluoride treatment lasts three to four months, fissure sealants can last for many years, although they require regular check-ups to ensure they are still intact.