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Helping Children Prevent Cavities

Like adults, children’s dentistry focuses mostly on prevention. Even teaching them to brush and floss their teeth every day and to visit the dentist on a regular basis is aimed at helping them avoid serious dental issues, such as cavities. In fact, cavities are among the most prevalent concern for children, and in addition to general prevention, many of our children’s dentistry treatments are designed specifically to prevent them. With help from their parents and their caring, compassionate dentists, children have an excellent chance at preventing cavities and preserving the health of their smiles.

The Point of Children’s Dentistry

One of the differences between children’s dental health and the dental health of their parents is that children’s teeth and oral structures are still developing. Therefore, children’s dental examinations involve ensuring that their smiles continue to develop in good health and with proper alignment. That includes making sure that the permanent teeth developing underneath their primary teeth remain safe from complications, like cavities, that could threaten their health and development.

Preventing Cavities Specifically

Because children are not always as adept at good dental hygiene as adults are, dental conditions that arise from excessive oral bacteria can be more common. As the most frequent bacteria-caused condition, cavities are particularly worrisome because it can spread from a child’s primary tooth to the permanent tooth underneath it. To boost your child’s ability to prevent cavities, we offer tailored preventive measures such as dental sealants, which provide a barrier between your child’s teeth and harmful oral bacteria. Combined with good hygiene practices and regular dental visits, dental sealants are a valuable tool in your child’s dental health care.

Learn More About Caring for Your Children’s Smiles

Cavities are common, but preventing them is essential to your children’s long-term oral health. To learn more, schedule an appointment with your child’s dentist by calling Keelan Dental in Butler, PA, at (724) 256-4612. Our Smile Certified experts happily serve patients from Butler, Cranberry Township, Mars, Pittsburgh, Butler County, and all surrounding communities.