Hilltop Dentist Explores Tools of Children’s Dentistry

Nov 26th, 2012 | By | Category: Children's Dentistry, Dental Implants, Oral Hygiene

Hilltop DentistUnlike wisdom, good oral health does not come with age; it should begin as early as possible. Even before your child’s first tooth appears, a clean mouth can determine the health of your child’s still-developing smile. As an experienced pediatric dentist in Richmond, Dr. Stefan Moiceanu knows the importance of early childhood dental care. He also knows the importance of continued dental care throughout childhood, and is proud to open his office to patients of all ages, including your young ones. Today, we explain two common children’s dental procedures designed to keep your child’s teeth in optimal health.

A Dental Seal of Approval

Your teeth are protected by a few natural oral defenses. Chief among these is your tooth enamel, which surrounds the visible part of your teeth (called the crown). Made from the strongest substance that your body produces, enamel protects your teeth from decay due to bacterial infection, which can destroy your tooth’s structure. Although strong, enamel is subject to acid erosion, either from naturally acidic foods and beverages or from acid produced by oral bacteria after consuming sugars and other carbohydrates. Daily brushing and flossing helps prevent tooth decay by limiting oral bacteria accumulation and reducing the amount of acid they can produce. For added protection, however, Dr. Moiceanu also offers dental sealants—a thin, plastic coating painted onto the surface of your teeth. Dental sealants act as a barrier between your teeth and potentially tooth-decay causing substances, including bacteria, food particles, and organic acid. A tooth may be completely free of bacteria and/or decay; otherwise, the sealant will seal in the germs and infected tissue.

A Mineral for Stronger Teeth

Since the early 1900s, experts have known that fluoride holds significant tooth-decay fighting properties. In fact, treating municipal water supplies with minute amounts of fluoride has been official policy within US cities since the 1950s. Since then, water fluoridation has helped reduced instances and severity of tooth decay in citizens across the country. When enamel is weakened by acid attacks, fluoride molecules bond to its surface, fortifying it against these attacks. Because of its ability to strengthen your tooth enamel, fluoride treatments are also a popular option among younger patients who can benefit from added cavity protection.

Preventive Dentistry at Home

Even with innovative preventive treatments, your child’s oral health depends on the quality of his/her oral hygiene habits. Be sure to teach your children to brush their teeth at least twice a day and to floss at least once, preferably before bedtime. Every six months or sooner, your child should also attend a regular dental checkup and cleaning to ensure continued good oral health. Regular checkups will also allow Dr. Moiceanu to address any issues that may arise as early as possible. To learn more about protecting your child’s teeth, contact our Richmond, CA dentist office by calling 510-758-7222. Located in Richmond, we proudly serve families from Berkeley, San Pablo, Pinole, Benicia, Vallejo, and the surrounding communities.

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