Preventive Treatments to Prevent & Halt Decay
Wondering what other preventive treatments can be used to prevent tooth decay? Here are a few commonly-used procedures at ABC Pediatric Dentistry:
This treatment consists of applying a thin layer of fluoride-rich gel or paste to your child’s teeth after a teeth cleaning. This fluoride helps remineralize weakened teeth by attracting minerals like calcium and phosphates, strengthening the teeth and even reversing minor decay, or soft spots, on your child’s teeth.
Dental sealants are effective in helping to reduce the risk of cavities. Sealants are applied as a liquid, tooth colored resin that seals off the pits and grooves of the teeth. This is where cavities commonly form because the toothbrush bristles aren't able to clean effectively. This barrier prevents food and bacteria from getting stuck in the hard to clean areas of the teeth, preventing cavities from forming. Sealants can last for many years and are a great long-term investment in your child's dental health.
Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF)
Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) is a liquid mixture that consists of ammonia, silver, fluoride, and water. It is an option for some children, and works to delay the progression of decay until treatment can safely be completed. Then, a fluoride varnish is applied to the SDF, sealing the tooth. SDF should only be used on baby teeth because it will permanently stain the treated area black.