Our approach to pediatric dental care
At Alameda Pediatric Dentistry, we emphasize prevention and parent and child education. Our Doctors work to ensure that your child’s comfort and smile are our top priority. We help parents with preventative dental care and help guide children on how best to take care of their teeth. We make sure to encourage them to develop positive attitudes towards oral health, such as brushing and flossing, and good eating habits that will continue into adulthood and make that smile last a lifetime.
Our prevention services include:
- Cleaning and fluoride treatments
- Sealants to protect healthy teeth from decay
- Oral hygiene and preventative home care programs
- Parental instruction for care of infant and toddler teeth
- Custom-made mouthguards to protect against sports injuries
- Diagnostics for early orthodontic treatment
Tooth decay prevention
Tooth decay is a progressive disease resulting in the interaction of bacteria that naturally occur on the teeth and sugars in the everyday diet. Sugar causes a reaction in the bacteria, causing it to produce acids that break down the mineral in teeth, forming a cavity.
Avoiding unnecessary decay simply requires strict adherence to a dental hygiene regimen: brushing and flossing twice a day, regular dental checkups, diet control and fluoride treatment. Practicing good hygiene avoids unhealthy teeth and costly treatment.
Preventing “nursing cavities”
Tooth decay in infants can be minimized or totally prevented by not allowing sleeping infants to breast or bottle-feed. Infants that need a bottle to comfortably fall asleep should be given a water-filled bottle or a pacifier. Our office is dedicated to fighting baby bottle tooth decay. Let us know if you notice any signs of decay or anything unusual in your child’s mouth.
The grooves and depressions that form the chewing surfaces of the back teeth are extremely difficult (if not impossible) to clean of bacteria and food. As the bacteria reacts with the food, acids form and break down the tooth enamel, causing cavities. Recent studies indicate that 88 percent of total cavities in American school children are caused this way.
Tooth sealants protect these susceptible areas by sealing the grooves and depressions, preventing bacteria and food particles from residing in these areas. Sealant material is a resin typically applied to the back teeth, molars and premolars and areas prone to cavities. It lasts for several years but needs to be checked during regular appointments.
Fluoride is a substance that helps teeth become stronger and resistant to decay. Regularly drinking water treated with fluoride and brushing and flossing regularly ensures significantly lower cavities. Dentists can evaluate the level of fluoride in a primary drinking water source and recommend fluoride supplements (usually in tablets or drops), if necessary.
For more information about the services we offer, contact our office today!