Baby teeth are important and sometimes the best dentistry is NO Dentistry so Dr. Jackie practices with a focus on prevention.
Regular Cleanings: We recommend two professional cleanings a year with your pediatric dentist. The use of a mildly abrasive paste helps to clean the teeth and remove superficial stains, hand instruments are used as needed to remove calculus buildup, and a pristine environment is created for an unimpeded examination.
Fluoride: Fluoride is a naturally occurring element, and has been shown to prevent tooth decay by as much as 50-70%. Too little or too much of it can be detrimental to teeth, so be sure to follow your dentist’s instructions on suggested use. Toothpaste containing fluoride is great for teeth, and children under 3 years old need only a smear about the size of a grain of rice. Children 3 years and older can use a pea size amount of toothpaste, but it is important they are learning to spit out the excess.
Oral hygiene: Good brushing habits begin at a young age, and we focus on prevention by demonstrating brushing and flossing techniques you can use at home. Remember, young children do not have the ability to brush their teeth effectively on their own, so “co-brushing” with an adult is recommended.
Diet: Healthy eating habits contribute to healthy teeth. Most snacks that children eat can lead to cavity formation, and the more frequently they snack, the greater chance of tooth decay. The length of time food is in the mouth also plays a role. We discuss nutritious foods choices and identify foods that are more likely to lead to cavities.
Sealants: A sealant is a protective coating applied to the chewing surface of the back permanent molars and sometimes primary molars. This white plastic material is placed in the grooves of the molars and can act as a barrier to food, plaque and acid. Since the grooves in these teeth are where a large majority of cavities start in children, sealants are placed to protect and prevent against cavities.