Daily brushing, flossing, and fluorides can help fight tooth decay, but at times, it just isn't enough.
The fact is, tooth decay occurs much faster in children than in adults. Hard-to-clean bits and fissures in the back teeth trap food and bacteria. So limiting the amount of sugary foods and drinks will help, but also getting regular exposure to flouride (in toothpaste, drinking water, in-office treatments, etc) and getting sealants will help immensely.
We highly recommend our young patients to get "Sealants". They are a tough, protective material designed to bond with tooth enamel. When a clear or tooth-colored sealant is applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, they shield the hard-to-clean grooves from decay-causing agents (sugar, bacteria, etc). The procedure is quick, simple, and pain-free. In combination with careful brushing, flossing, and fluorides, sealants can help your child begin a lifetime of excellent dental health.
We start chair-rides at a very young age, just so little ones can get used to being in the dentist's chair. This will help them prepare for a lifelong habit of "going to see the dentist" and not feeling anxiety about it or having any stress attached to their memories. Please give us a call to talk about getting your littles in to see us & take a chair ride!