Preventive Dentistry

Fluoride

The tooth is made more resistant to decay by the use of fluoride.

Fluoride is a mineral like calcium. When applied to a tooth it makes the enamel more resistant to decay.

It is effective on newly erupting permanent teeth and as a regular tooth remineralising procedure.

X-rays

X-Rays are an essential part of the dental examination process. X-ray films assist the dentist to detect decay between teeth that cannot be seen during the routine examination. X-rays are also used to detect missing or extra teeth, and assess erupting permanent teeth.

X-rays films are recommended only when necessary to protect your child's dental health.

Fissure Sealants

Fissure sealants are protective coatings that are applied to the deep pits and grooves on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth where most decay occurs.

Fissure sealants are an effective way to prevent tooth decay, even if your child brushes and flosses carefully.
It is difficult and sometimes impossible to clean the tiny grooves and pits on the teeth.

Food and bacteria build up in these depressions making decay inevitable in some cases.

The application of a sealant is quick and comfortable.

Sealants can last for years if they are well maintained and cared for.

Regular Dental Check-ups

Regular check-ups are especially important for young patients. The developing dentition needs to be monitored to ensure that teeth are developing and coming into position properly.

In addition, this is a time when tooth decay can lead to rapid tooth destruction. Regular monitoring and prevention are the keys to healthy young teeth.

Diet

A healthy diet is essential for healthy teeth. The bacteria which cause tooth decay are fed by carbohydrates, especially sugar. Soft drinks and sports drinks contain acid as well as sugar. This acid can cause erosion (dissolving) of tooth enamel. The staff at Childrens Dentistry can provide expert dietary analysis and advice.

Children's Dentistry
P: 02 9580 9633
F: 02 9586 0502

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