Dental visits every six months are recommended for children by the age of one. Exams and x-rays are necessary to diagnose dental disease and assess your child’s particular cavity risk. At this visit, preventive measures are also implemented and home care instructions are reviewed for a lifetime of good oral health.
Dental decay results from a dynamic process involving sugar found in the food we consume and the bacteria that live in our mouths. Cavities are treated by removing the decay and restoring the tooth to its proper structure and function. Prevention involves brushing, flossing, and rinsing after meals to maintain a healthy environment inside the mouth.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring chemical compound that can prevent dental decay. It is found in drinking water, toothpaste and certain mouthrinses. Fluoride treatments are often recommended at routine dental visits for children and adults with high cavity risk.
Invisalign orthodontic treatment is a virtually invisible way to straighten teeth and is an ideal choice for many teens. These clear aligners made from thermoplastic material move your teeth in a sequence determined by your doctor.
Sealants are thin protective coatings made of plastic or other dental materials that as a barrier to prevent cavities. They seal the pits and fissures of your teeth and are commonly applied to children but also adults at high risk for dental decay.
To minimize dental trauma during sports, the American Dental Association recommends that school age children wear sportsguards during organized athletic activities. These can be purchased over the counter or customized by a dental laboratory. Consult with Dr. White about which type is best for your family.