Preventive Dental Care
Preventive dental for children
At Smile Sonrisa Dental & Orthodontics, our dentists emphasize preventive dental care because we would much rather see your child for a routine, stress-free visit than for a series of lengthy procedures. Our dental professionals offer a wide array of preventive and restorative procedures to help your children maintain good dental health, making safety, and comfort paramount every step of the way. Seeing children at an early age allows for maximum prevention and conservative disease management, intending to reduce invasive and costly restorative care and emergency visits.
Dental exams and cleanings
Twice-yearly dental exams and cleanings are essential for optimal oral health. The purpose of a dental examination is to stay on top of any developing problems. Early detection of cavities, gum disease, or tooth eruption issues allows us to take conservative measures to treat or even reverse these conditions. Professional teeth cleanings help remove plaque and tartar from the teeth to prevent periodontal disease.
Professional fluoride treatments
Every dental exam and cleaning appointment includes a fluoride application to the teeth. Fluoride is a mineral that strengthens weak spots in the enamel, preventing acid erosion and decay. This mineral is found in toothpaste and other oral care products, as well as in many city water supplies. Still, our treatments contain a stronger concentration of fluoride for increased protection. Professional fluoride applications not only help prevent cavities but can also reverse decay in its earliest stages.
While fluoride treatments chemically protect vulnerable tooth enamel in children, dental sealants are physical barriers against the substances that lead to tooth decay. Dental sealants are thin coatings painted on the chewing surfaces of the molars that harden into a slim plastic layer that seals out harmful germs and food particles. Once applied, sealants protect against 80% of cavities for two years.