Preventive Dentistry

Preventive Dentistry in Leander
Preventive Dentistry Procedures & Details

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Preventive Dentistry

Preventive dentistry it’s vital in order to maintain your oral health. Only with regular check-ups and good oral hygiene can patients avoid dental problems and expensive dentist visits.

Each patient’s mouth contains bacteria. While some bacteria are beneficial, others can cause damage to oral tissues. Cavities and gum disease develop when these harmful bacteria invade the surface of teeth and gums and accumulate to develop dental plaque. This plaque, aided by the sugars and starches you eat, creates an acid which destroys protective oral tissues. The acid also attacks your tooth enamel, which is their “bodyguard” against decay. When that protection disappears, your teeth are left vulnerable. In the same way, bacteria attack your gums, causing the inflammation that, left unchecked, leads to gum and periodontal disease.

No matter their age, every patient is vulnerable to cavities and gum disease. That’s why it’s so important to take proper care of your oral health beginning in early childhood, and continue to do so at every stage of your life.

Cavity Prevention For Children

Almost half of children under 11 years of age have been diagnosed with cavities in their baby teeth. And 32% of children between 9 and 11 years of age have decaye in their permanent teeth.

These figures aren’t intended to cause alarm among parents. Still, we want parents to reflect on the importance of preventive dentistry. Young children are particularly vulnerable to both cavities and gum disease. The diets of babies and young kids usually contain high-sugar fruit juices and formulas that contribute to the development of tooth decay and cavities.

Preventive dentistry appointments for young children helps the dentist identify dental problems on time to treat them, and help young patients avoid worse conditions that may require expensive future treatment.

Our team suggests that all parents bring their child in for an examination before they turn one year old. We also suggest scheduling regular check-up appointments thereafter.

These check-up visits will typically involve:

Educating kids and parents about healthy and proper dental habits.
Providing expert guidance on thumb sucking.
The promotion of healthy eating habits which improve oral health.
Performing teeth cleaning and oral exams.
The application of fluoride treatment (up to a certain age).
The application of dental sealants
The X-ray tracking of jaw and tooth development.
Referrals to other specialists like orthodontists if further treatment is required.

Prior to the first dental visit, parents can also help their child with the following:

As soon as their child’s first tooth comes in, parents should begin brushing every day, because even a tiny portion of a tooth can develop decay.
Begin brushing using a soft-bristled brush and water, and obtain professional guidance about when to begin using a toothpaste in small amounts.
When the child is old enough to begin brushing on their own (usually around the time they start kindergarten), parents should monitor their brushing.
Don’t allow children to have sugary drinks or milk before they go to bed.
If and where possible, make children use a straw when they drink sugary beverages.
This will reduce contact between the teeth and the liquid.
Restrict the child’s consumption of sugary foods and drinks.

Cavity Prevention For Teens

As children grow up and become teenagers, cavities can still be an issue. Therefore, the role of the parents continues to be essential. It remains important for parents to teach teens how to maintain proper dental hygiene, and teens build healthy habits. It’s also important for parents not to forget to bring their teen child in for regular dental check-ups and cleanings every six months. Our team will help your teen keep their smile healthy and looking bright.

Other tips for parents include:

Limiting sugary drinks like sodas and energy drinks. Along with being harmful to their overall health, these beverages are the primary cause of tooth decay in adolescents.
Monitor and make sure your child brushes and flosses each day before bed.
Educate teens on the health risks of sharing toothbrushes, such as infections like gum disease, which can be easily transferred from the toothbrush to the mouth.

Cavity Prevention for Adults

Helping your child keep their healthy smile is crucial. However, parents shouldn’t neglect their own oral health. Below, we list some tips that will help parents maintain a healthy, bright smile and prevent severe dental problems:

Brush and floss at least twice each day.
Spend a minimum of two minutes each time you brush your teeth. It’s best if you always floss, especially if your teeth are crooked or misaligned. The hardest places to reach are those most likely to develop decay.
Rinse your toothbrush thoroughly after brushing; bacteria can remain on a toothbrush for long periods of time.
Again, never share toothbrushes, even with your partner. Bacteria can be present and be transmitted to you.
Reduce your consumption of sugary beverages and desserts. Foods with a significant amount of starch and sugar are the top culprits in tooth decay.
Try to consume sugary drinks using a straw. This will minimize the contact between your teeth and sugary liquid.
Drink water following every meal to wash any remaining food and sugar from the teeth.
If you suspect tone or more cavities, schedule a visit with your dentist and have them treated immediately.
Even when your smile looks good, cavities can be developing. Always remember to visit the dental office for check-ups and cleanings every six months.

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