2 Ways To Help Protect Kids’ Smiles

2 Ways To Help Protect Kids' SmilesInstilling good oral health habits in children is probably the best way to protect their smiles. Oral health habits include teaching children how to effectively brush and floss their teeth, instilling the importance of routine dental exams and cleanings, teaching them to be mindful about food and drink, stressing the importance of mouth guards, and the list goes on. While you and your children build these habits, kids may need some extra help protecting their smiles against cavities. Fluoride treatments and dental sealants are two ways that your dentist can provide a boost of defense to your child’s smile. These two treatments, along with all of the habits listed above, can help the smile stay strong and healthy. 

Fluoride Treatments To Strengthen Enamel

Fluoride is a natural mineral that has the ability to bond to tooth enamel. Applying fluoride treatments to teeth can help fortify the enamel to keep it strong against acidic attacks from tooth decay. Tooth decay happens when bacteria and acid attack the enamel dissolving mineral crystals that the enamel is made of. Fluoride treatments can help your teeth rebuild these important mineral crystals to keep your teeth strong. For children, having strong, fortified enamel can be a great way to defend against the start of problems that could last a lifetime.

A Shield of Protection With Dental Sealants

The surfaces of your teeth, especially in the back of the mouth where they are designed to bite and chew, have grooves and hills. This kind of texture can trap leftover food and bacteria. Along with children possibly not having the best reach to the back of their mouth when brushing and flossing, kids can be leaving a lot of decay-causing bacteria in their mouths. A dental sealant is a thin, bio-compatible plastic coating applied directly to the surfaces of the teeth acting as a barrier between bacteria and the teeth.

We can help you protect your child’s precious smile

These two dental treatments can offer an extra layer of protection for smiles. To schedule a consultation with Smith Family Dentistry in Greenville, TX call us at 903-455-5750. We proudly serve patients from Hunt County, Greenville, Royce City, Sulphur Springs, and all surrounding communities.