Treatment of Dental Caries / Decay
Various fillings are used to fill in the cavity of children’s teeth depending on whether it is milk teeth or permanent.
Prevention is better than cure. As we know Dental/tooth cavity is the most common dental disease in children. Sealants help in preventing tooth decay or reduce the incidence of decay by applying them to your child’s teeth. Dental Sealants are a thin plastic-like coating that fill in the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the teeth and protect them from tooth decay. Sealants are usually applied to permanent molars (back teeth) to prevent bacteria and food from getting stuck in the creases that naturally occur on these surfaces. It is best to apply sealants soon after the permanent molars erupt, before tooth decay has a chance to begin. The application process is easy and completely painless. Sealants are simply “painted” on a clean and dry tooth surface and then hardened with a special light. The protective coating is virtually invisible and is an important part of a child’s total preventive dental care. Once applied, a sealant can last as long as 5 -10 years.
The role of fluoride in preventing dental caries is undoubtedly evident. In case of topical fluoride application the reduction in caries experience in children can reach up to 60%. A topical fluoride treatment is applied at the dentist office after your child has received a professional cleaning. Usually a fluoride gel or foam is placed in mouth shaped trays (affectionately known as duck trays) and inserted into the child’s mouth for her teeth to “soak” in for a few minutes. After fluoride application, we will ask your child not to eat or drink for at least 30 minutes to allow for optimum absorption. Fluoride can re-mineralize small imperfections in the tooth enamel by attracting calcium to the teeth. Fluoride can actually make teeth stronger! Years of research and use have proven fluoride to be a safe and effective means of fighting and preventing tooth decay.