How to Prevent Cavities

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Routine Dental Visits

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends visits to your pediatric dentist every six months for a check-up and cleaning. These visits will start your child on a lifetime of good dental health.

Sealants

The grooves and depressions that form the chewing surfaces of the back teeth are extremely difficult (if not impossible) to clean of bacteria and food. As the bacteria reacts with the food, acids form and break down the tooth enamel, causing cavities.

Tooth sealants protect these susceptible areas by sealing the grooves and depressions, preventing bacteria and food particles from residing in these areas. The sealant material is a clear or shaded plastic resin that is typically applied to the back teeth and areas prone to cavities. It lasts for several years but needs to be checked during regular appointments.

Fluoride

Prescription strength fluoride provided by the dentist is recommended every six months for those at normal risk for cavities. For those at high risk for cavities, fluoride treatments are recommended every three months according to the latest research. The dental team will evaluate your child's risk level for cavities as part of the dental check-up.