Fillings, which are also sometimes called tooth restorations, play a big role in maintaining your child’s healthy smile. When your child has regular dental cleanings, we can catch issues early, avoiding the need for a crown. With fillings, we are able to address decay, fracture, or wear with materials that are innovative, durable, and safe for your child. With proper care and good hygiene habits, fillings can last 5-12 years, depending upon the type of material used.
How can we avoid needing fillings in the future?
When it comes to keeping your child’s teeth healthy, there are three steps to follow. First, your child must brush their teeth twice each day, preferably after breakfast and before bedtime. Second, they need to floss daily. Yes, even children need to floss their teeth! Lastly, they must clean their tongue regularly using a tongue scraper or their toothbrush. If you do these three things and schedule regular dental cleanings, you’ll be doing your part to keep fillings at bay.
Is there a way to prevent decay aside from brushing and flossing?
Sealants are a highly effective preventative procedure we recommend for many of our patients. A sealant is a coating that we apply to the flat part of the back molars where plaque tends to accumulate. Studies show that 4 out of 5 cavities develop here for kids under age 15. Sealants are a great preventative procedure to help your kids avoid cavities altogether.
Does fluoride help prevent cavities?
Fluoride has been shown to be safe and effective at preventing cavities. It can be found in many toothpastes and mouthwashes, but in-office treatments are still recommended twice yearly. Children under three may ingest too much fluoride when brushing, so it is advised that parents choose fluoride-free options for little ones and just stick with the in-office treatment.