Some people have the mistaken belief that they don’t need to worry too much about the state of their kids’ teeth because it won’t be too long before the adult set comes through, so any decay will just fall out with the baby teeth. It’s a gamble and not one we think you should take.
More decay than adults
Here’s the thing: children’s teeth are far more susceptible to decay than adult teeth for two reasons. Firstly, youngsters are still developing their brushing skills, which are limited because having to stand still for two minutes twice a day and brush goes against every fibre of the being of your average race-around kid. So, they rush brushing and miss bits because they are still learning how to hold a brush as well as stand still for two minutes. Secondly, children ingest far more sugar than adults. They are on the squashes and juices while we are experimenting with boutique gins. They also eat more sugary snacks, and even healthy ones, like raisins cause problems because they cling to the teeth, giving bacterial plaque a long feast, enabling them to produce even more decay-causing acids.
Why decay is so harmful for kids
The reason why looking after children’s teeth is so important and we can’t just let a bit of decay slide because the teeth will fall out anyway, is that underneath those dispensable kids’ teeth are adult teeth, and decay can leap-frog from one to the other. So, your child might have teeth come through that already have serious decay issues going on.
How to protect against decay
We have two ways here at Dental FX in Glasgow to help protect your children’s teeth. Dr Nahida Roy can use fluoride treatments to mineralise the teeth. The fluoride is painted on and helps strengthen teeth against decay. As well as this, Dr Roy can coat the back teeth with fissure sealants. These are painted onto the chewing surfaces of the teeth and act as a barrier against decay-causing acids.
We can also help teach your children how to brush their teeth and our fun children’s area will help them learn that going to the dentist is a positive experience.
Good oral hygiene habits are acquired over time. Caring for children’s teeth is an important part of keeping their bodies healthy and it’s never too early to get started. Ideally, children should visit the dentist as soon as their first teeth erupt and that’s because healthy baby teeth set the stage for strong permanent teeth.
At Dental FX, we are passionate about preventive dentistry and we love receiving young patients to our practice. Looking after children’s teeth in Glasgow is what we do well and we have a dedicated children’s area in our practice, where children can relax while waiting to see the dentist. Dr Nahida Roy, has a friendly and relaxed manner and being a mother of two herself, she knows how important it is to take good care of children’s teeth and gums. If a child seems to be at risk for cavities or other problems, we recommend fluoride applications or dental sealants.
Dental fluoride treatment is one of the most effective ways to prevent tooth decay and prevent good oral health in children. Fluoride plays an important role in preventing tooth decay, which is why you can find it in most toothpastes and added to drinking water in some regions. Studies have shown that fluoride applications at the dentist are both safe and effective in decreasing cavities and preventing tooth decay. Fluoride acts as a shield against acid attacks caused by sugars and plaque bacteria and can be beneficial in controlled doses administered by an experienced dentist.
Just like fluoride, dental sealants are also effective at keeping plaque bacteria at bay. Although brushing and flossing can remove food particles and plaque effectively, they cannot always reach the back teeth to remove the food and plaque. Sealants protect these hard-to-reach teeth (usually the molars) from tooth decay by keeping out plaque and harmful bacteria.
Children are good candidates for dental sealants, because they are at higher risk of developing decay. Typically, children should have sealants on their permanent molars and premolars as soon as these teeth erupt. This way, dental sealants can protect teeth through the ages 6 to 14, when cavities are more likely form.