Check-up appointments are a critical component of your child’s dental care however, your child’s home care habits are more likely to influence his/her ability to stay cavity-free. We place a significant emphasis at each check-up appointment on dental education and helping to identify and eliminate potentially harmful habits.
Following an initial exam or check-up appointment, fluoride will be applied to your child’s teeth to help maintain the enamel in its strongest condition. Our practice uses a fluoride varnish which sticks to the teeth and is gradually absorbed into the enamel. The patient can eat or drink immediately following its application.
When fluoride is used in small amounts on a routine basis, it helps prevent tooth decay. Fluoride is found in city water, various foods, and dental products such as toothpaste, mouth rinses, gels, varnish, and supplements. It encourages remineralization (strengthening) of weak areas on the teeth. Fluoride is very effective when combined with a healthy diet and good oral hygiene.
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Sealants are a tough, plastic material that protect the grooved and pitted surfaces of the teeth, especially the chewing surfaces of the back teeth where most cavities in children are found. Sealant application is quick, easy, and can be completed at your child’s initial or recall visit. The tooth is first cleaned, then a sealant material is brushed onto the grooves of the tooth and hardened with a special curing light. Sealants do not last forever and will need to be replaced as they wear away from the tooth surface.
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