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Delivering Better Oral Health for Children

Delivering Better Oral Health for Children

9th Nov 2018
Children with healthy teeth develop better oral health habits in the long run and preventive dentistry means less extensive treatments for your child as they grow up.

At Station Dental we strongly believe that prevention is better than cure. That’s why we encourage our patients to bring their children to the dental practice to get used to smells, sights and sounds. Preventive dentistry begins with the first tooth. We advise to register your child at the practice before they turn 6 months old and to visit our dentists as soon as the first tooth comes through.

 Even if children have access to good dental care, some areas in the mouth are extremely difficult to reach. For this reason, we provide helpful dentistry treatments such as fluoride applications and dental sealants to keep cavities at bay.

Fluoride Applications

As long as small quantities of fluoride are present in the mouth and on the surface of the teeth, tooth decay can be prevented. Fluoride applications are recommended for children whose teeth are prone to cavities and tooth decay.

Small amounts of fluoride are painted on your childs teeth, in order to prevent the formation of cavities. In some cases, treatment with fluoride can also prevent existing tooth decay from getting worse. Treatment with fluoride should always be administered by a trained person.

Our dentists and nurses will also provide information about fluoride, proper oral hygiene and brushing with the correct toothpaste.


Dental ‘fissure’ Sealants

Just like fluoride applications, dental sealants can prevent cavities from forming on the surface of your children’s teeth. Dental sealants are thin layer that are applied to the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to protect them from tooth decay and cavities.

Most tooth decay in children and teens occurs on these surfaces. This is because these teeth are hard to reach and brush properly. Sealants protect the chewing surfaces from forming cavities by keeping bacteria and food particles out of these fissures.


Oral Health Education Appointments

Healthier eating advice is routinely given to children and their parents to promote good oral and general health. The main message is to reduce both the amount and frequency of consuming foods and drinks that contain sugars. 
The major dental conditions of decay and gum disease can both be reduced by regular tooth brushing with fluoride toothpaste; our team help you achieve a good tooth brushing technique and routine to ensure your child is getting the best start to their Oral Health Care.


What role do parents play in prevention?

After checking your child’s dental health, your dentist will give you advice on how best to care for your child’s oral health. This will include brushing and flossing instructions, diet tips, and if necessary, fluoride recommendations. By following these directions, you can help your child establish good oral hygiene habits for years to come.

Ask your Dentist about the Governments Delivering Better Oral Health Tool Kit and how they are using it to help prevent problems in your child’s mouth.