Most parents know children’s oral health basics: brush regularly, reduce sugar intake, limit snacking, and get adequate amounts of calcium and Vitamin D. Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry recommends three additional tools for preventing cavities in toddlers and children.
Resin dental sealants are applied by your dentist. The material bonds to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, shielding the pits and fissures from decay. Some Pennsylvania dental insurance providers cover dental sealants, so check with your provider if you are considering them.
Fluoride supplements help strengthen still-forming teeth prior to eruption. You can get a prescription from your pediatrician or meet with us at Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Lansdale. There is one caveat, however: if you have fluoridated water, your pediatrician may counsel against taking additional fluoride in supplement form.
If your son or daughter is taking fluoride supplements, is an oral rinse redundant? Actually, no. Fluoride supplements help strengthen teeth that are still forming, but a fluoride rinse helps teeth that have already come in. Make sure you choose one specifically formulated for children. Products labeled as a mouthwash are usually intended only for breath-freshening and may not contain fluoride.
I counsel children use an oral rinse after they brush and floss at night. They are most effective when they are the last substance on teeth before kids go to bed.
At Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, we believe that with proper preventative dentistry, kids can enjoy healthy teeth for life.