Children's Dentistry of DuPont has provided dental care for thousands in the surrounding community. With our focus on high-quality care using the latest in proven dental technologies we are able to provide high-quality dental care in a warm and caring environment.
A dental cleaning is performed by a dentist or hygienist and usually lasts around 30 minutes. Dental cleanings should include the removal of plaque and tartar from the teeth surface, polishing, and if needed, smoothing the root surface and a deep cleaning below the gumline. Dental cleaning should occur every six months to ensure plaque build-up is kept in check. Modern cleanings use a combination of hand and advanced electric scaling tools to increase cleaning effectiveness and efficiency.
Teeth can last a lifetime if you take care of them right? The best time to start is just as soon as they begin appearing. By establishing good oral hygiene routines for your children right from the start, you'll give them the best chance of keeping their teeth healthy forever.
The most likely location for a cavity to develop in your child's mouth is on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. In order to protect these areas of the teeth, Children's Dentistry of DuPont recommends utilizing dental sealants. These invisible plastic resin coatings smooth out the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, making them resistant to decay. As a result, your child will have a much lower chance of developing painful cavities, which may require more expensive dental treatment later on.
The protective outer layer of teeth, called enamel, is often subject to attacks from acids, which can be found in certain foods and beverages like sodas and citrus fruits. Additionally, sometimes decay-causing bacteria trapped in the mouth can create acid from sugar. This bacteria congregates in dental plaque and feeds on sugar that is not cleansed from your child's mouth. When the sugar is metabolized, or broken down, the bacteria produce acids that can eat through tooth enamel. This is how cavities are formed. When fluoride is present, it becomes part of the crystalline structure of tooth enamel, hardening the enamel and making it more resistant to acid attacks. Fluoride can even help repair small cavities that are already forming.
In budgeting for your family's sports activities this season, we encourage you to include the purchase of a properly fitting mouthguard. Hard surface sports, contact sports, and even skateboarding and bike riding can result in broken teeth. Inserting a mouthguard becomes as routine as suiting up or grabbing the bicycle clips. Start this safety habit at the beginning of the season and save potential tears and expense later.
It's common for parents to have unanswered questions about their child's pediatric care. Because of this, we have created a list of frequently asked questions pertaining to your child's dental care.
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