Regular dental visits are an important element of your child’s oral health. The Nigerian Dental Association recommends a dental check-up at least twice a year for most children. If your child has an increased risk of tooth decay or unusual growth patterns she/he may need more frequent dental visits.
During the initial dental check-up we will discuss your child’s medical and dental history. Your child’s teeth will be examined and cleaned to remove any plaque or unsightly stain build-up that could irritate gums or cause tooth decay. A fluoride varnish may be applied to prevent cavities and strengthen teeth. Your child will also learn the proper techniques for brushing and flossing and the importance of proper diet
Even if your child has never had a cavity, she/he can still benefit from regular visits to identify any orthodontic problems and suggest treatment to keep your child’s smile beautiful.
We are specially trained to work with children and will talk to your child in a way that they can understand using words, pictures and ideas. We want our patients to be motivated and able to take responsibility for their health.
How do sealants work?
When the back teeth develop, irregularities in the chewing surfaces of these teeth, called “pits and fissures”, form. Even the best toothbrusher will not be able to clean these areas since a single toothbrush bristle is too large to reach the bottom of these areas. Cavities form in these crevices because food becomes trapped and bacteria grow in these tiny spaces.
Pit and fissure sealants can only be applied to the chewing surfaces. The sides of the molar teeth are still cavity-prone. It is important to brush all areas of the tooth well. This includes regular flossing.
Sealants usually last several years. They will be checked regularly at your child’s six-month preventative visits. Reapplication may be necessary if chipping occurs. It is important that we detect any loss of sealant material early; therefore, regular check-ups are very important.
There are a number of factors to consider when deciding what type of restorative materials to select for a child’s filling. Children and parents alike are often concerned about the esthetics of restorative dental materials. However, the effectiveness and cost of the filling materials should be considered as well. When used in back teeth, tooth colored (composite) filling materials are more costly and are less wear resistant than silver.
Dental care for composite and silver tooth fillings is the same: brush, floss and keep regular dental visits. Practicing good oral hygiene will increase the longevity of all restorative dental work. We will check a filling for color changes, leakage and wear and inform a parent if the child needs the filling repaired or replaced. Parents are always encouraged to discuss available options and alternatives with us.