The oral health of your children will affect their oral health as adults. This is why many dentists and dental organisations worldwide emphasise that the way to decrease children’s tooth decay and help them develop healthy oral habits is by starting to visit a dentist when they are very young.
At Hermes London Dental Clinic, we believe in preventive dental care and encourage our patients to bring their children for dental check-ups from an early age. Regular dental examinations and cleaning will ensure children won’t suffer from dental decay with disturbing effects to their growing teeth. For all these reasons, our friendly dentist in Victoria offers preventive treatments for children, such as fluoride applications and dental sealants.
Your child brushes their teeth twice a day and visits the dentist at least twice a year. This should be enough, but did you know that fluoride, found in some drinking water and many tooth pastes, can prevent cavities, tooth decay and help keep your child’s teeth healthy and strong for longer?
Here at Hermes London Dental Clinic, we encourage additional treatment with fluoride. Your Victoria dentist will paint it on your children’s teeth and they will ask your child not to rinse, eat or drink anything for at least half an hour after the application in order to allow the teeth to absorb the substance. Depending on your child’s oral health requirements or your dentist’s recommendations, treatment will need to be repeated every three, six or 12 months.
Sometimes brushing is not sufficient, especially when it comes to hard-to-reach areas in your child’s mouth. If not properly cleaned for a long period of time, these areas can develop tooth decay and cavities.
Dental sealants are small plastic barriers that offer extra protection against tooth decay. They are applied directly on the fissures of your child’s molars as a preventive measure after the permanent teeth have erupted. Sealants last for three to five years, but only provide full protection when they remain intact. If you child’s sealant comes off for whatever reason, contact your Victoria dentist and schedule an appointment for your child’s teeth to be re-sealed.