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Can Your Child Benefit from Sealants or Supplemental Fluoride?

August 7, 2019
Posted By: Dr. Richard Leung
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What would you guess is the most common chronic childhood illness? Many parents are shocked to learn that the answer is dental caries (cavities), which is far more prevalent than either asthma or diabetes.

But with proper preventive care and a healthy diet, many children can enjoy a happy childhood without ever getting a cavity. Your kids dentist in Temple, TX has solutions that can help.

Ask about Dental Sealants and Fluoride

Parents who are proactive about their children’s oral health show them how to brush and floss correctly and make healthy food choices. Both are essential for healthy teeth and gums, but dental sealants and fluoride are both preventive treatments that protect your child’s teeth 24/7. 

Dental Sealants

Teeth with deep grooves and rough surfaces collect food debris and food bacteria that contribute to cavities and gum disease or gingivitis. A dental sealant is a layer of plastic that is placed on these teeth to create a smooth surface and protect them from tooth decay. 

Dentists typically place sealants on healthy adult teeth but may place them on baby teeth if your child is prone to cavities. 

Topical Fluoride Applications

Fluoride is an essential mineral that helps strengthen and protect your child’s teeth. You’ll find fluoride in toothpaste, mouthwash, tap water, and fresh vegetables.

Many children already receive sufficient fluoride through other sources, but some can benefit from supplemental fluoride applied to the surfaces of their teeth. Your kids' dentist in Temple can provide in-office topical fluoride applications or may recommend rinses to use at home. 

Please Call Us with Your Questions

Dr. Rich and the team at Temple Dental Trails appreciate that you trust us with your little one’s precious oral health. We love working with our youngest patients and offer comprehensive children’s dentistry in Temple, TX, including orthodontics. 

If you are searching for a gentle, experienced kids' dentist in Temple, TX, please call Dr. Richard Leung to make an appointment. We look forward to being part of helping them achieve a lifetime of happy, healthy, smiles.

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