Preventive Dentistry


Preventive Dentistry for Children

Preventive dentistry for children includes promoting healthy oral habits in kids! This is considered the best treatment for children. Preventive dentistry involves regular cleaning of teeth by brushing. The top surface of teeth – where the chewing takes place – are rough and has deep grooves called pits and fissures. These are places where plaque can build up and cannot be removed by toothbrush and dental floss.


Some of the pits and fissures are so narrow that even a single bristle from toothbrush can’t get deep enough to clean them out therefore can cause cavities in these pits and fissures. Kids should be taught the effective manners to use brush to ensure proper cleaning of teeth.

Preventive dentistry not only helps in dealing with tooth problems but also has proven effective in prevention of heart diseases, diabetes and even respiratory diseases.


Periodontitis also comes in preventive dentistry. One method of preventing cavities from developing in the pits and fissures is to seal them off with a special pit and fissure sealant. Your dentist will clean the tooth first, and then apply a mild acid solution to ‘etch’ the surface and make it easier for the pit and fissure sealant to stick.


The whole procedure is quick and painless. Keeping the area dry and away from your saliva during the application is very important. If the tooth gets wet, the sealant might not stick properly. Once everything is ready, your dentist ‘paints’ the sealant right over the pits and fissures on the tooth surface. A special kind of light cures the sealant, by which we seal the pits.

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