Treatment for children
child’s first visit to the dentist can be just as important for the parents as it is for the child. Not only does this first appointment give the child a chance to become comfortable with the dentist, it also provides the parents an opportunity to learn about preventive dental care, including instructions about tooth-brushing technique, information about proper diet, and advice regarding sealants and fluoride treatments.
The biggest risk factor for childhood tooth decay is diet. Studies have demonstrated that tooth decay in children can be largely eliminated by eliminating or severely limiting the consumption of foods that contain high amounts of processed sugar, like candy, soft drinks, sticky snacks, and sweets. The sugars in these foods promote the growth of acid forming bacteria that damage the protective tooth enamel and lead to cavities.
Beginning good dental care during the early years and continuing this through childhood increase the likelihood of children practicing good oral hygiene as adults. This approach may prevent the need for fillings and other dental procedures that are invasive, painful, and expensive.