Our dentists and entire staff understand the importance of good oral health for young children. They have specialized training in primary teeth. They are here to help protect and restore children’s teeth so that they can speak and eat easily and have a wonderful smile. They understand the growth and development of children’s teeth so they can start children off with good oral health.
We also understand how important taking care of children’s teeth is. We will work with parents to ensure their children are taking good care of their teeth at home. We will also monitor their mouths for any problems so we can catch them early. If needed, we will work with your children’s regular doctor to treat any problems we find.
Silver Diamine Fluoride
Your family is very important to us at Mayfair Family Dentistry. Located on Frankford Avenue in Philadelphia, PA, Mayfair Family Dentistry is ready to provide you and your family with high-quality care. Sometimes this entails preventive treatment. Preventive treatment is used to protect the teeth and oral cavity from becoming damaged. Fluoride treatment is a popular preventive treatment that is often used on children.
Fluoride is a mineral that is fortified to improve health. Just like iodine is added to salt, fluoride is added to water to improve overall health. A common misconception is that Fluoride is a type of medication; however, the U.S. court has rejected this argument. Fluoride works to protect against demineralization of the teeth. Demineralization happens when acids attack the tooth enamel. The mouth is full of harmful bacteria that create acids in the mouth whenever sugary foods are consumed. This is why children tend to be at a higher risk of demineralization of the tooth.
Is Fluoride Dangerous?
No, fluoride is not dangerous. It is one of the 108 natural elements and can be found in drinking water. Fluoride in drinking water works to help strengthen the teeth. Although, the fluoride found in drinking water is often not enough to protect children from tooth decay. Especially, when children are not drinking the recommended amount of water a day. Fluoride treatments help fill this gap so that children can have strong, healthy teeth. Evidence shows that in most cities, $38 in dental repair costs is saved for every $1 that is invested in fluoridation efforts. That is how big of an impact fluoride can make.
For more information about fluoride treatments and how they could benefit your child, contact us at Mayfair Family Dentistry to schedule an appointment. You can also help improve your child’s oral and dental health by adjusting their diet to contain fewer foods that are high in sugar content. Brushing and flossing at least twice daily can also help. Fluoride treatments will help prevent tooth decay, but good oral hygiene habits are still necessary to have a healthy mouth.
At Mayfair Family Dentistry, we specialize in providing preventive services to you and your family. Preventive services are used to prevent damage or disease from occurring. Preventive services are common practice when treating children and sealants are one of the more popular treatments. If you have any questions about whether sealants are right for your child, contact us at our office, located on Frankford Avenue in Philadelphia, PA.
Dental sealants are pretty simple. A dental sealant is used to seal off a tooth. This is done for a variety of reasons. One reason is that some teeth have grooves or crevices in them that may be difficult to clean properly by just brushing and flossing alone. When this happens, bacteria and plaque can build up and cause cavities. Another reason dental sealants are used is to protect the teeth from harmful acid that can wear away at the enamel. When sugar is consumed, the bacteria in the mouth produces harmful acids that wreak havoc on the enamel. Since children tend to consume high amounts of sugar, sealants are quite popular with this age group.
When is the Best Time to Get Dental Sealants?
The best time to get dental sealants is as soon as possible; however, it is recommended that you wait until the first molars erupt. Most kids will have their first molars by about six years of age. Once this has occurred, your child is ready for dental sealants and the sooner, the better. The sooner that your child gets dental sealants, the less damage harmful acids and bacteria are able to do to your child’s teeth.
If you believe that your child is ready for dental sealants, contact us today at Mayfair Family Dentistry to schedule an appointment. Other things that you can do before your child is ready for dental sealants is enforcing healthy teeth cleaning habits and a healthier diet. Brushing and flossing at least twice daily will significantly reduce your child’s chance of getting a cavity. In addition to this, eating foods that are lower in sugar content will help preserve the enamel on your child’s teeth.