Preventive dentistry starts when your baby gets his or her first tooth. This treatment is specially meant for children and hence it is very cheap. You will need to visit your dentist when the first tooth comes in and the dentist will guide you about how you can take good care of your baby’s teeth. This way it is possible to have a generation, which will be free from any kind of cavities in their teeth. There is one more benefit of taking your child to dentist at an early age.
The child becomes familiar with the dentist, teeth cleaning procedures, and other many dental procedures and leads a life free of cavities and gum diseases and keeps on doing regular checkups with the dentist. This way your child
will have good oral hygiene all through his or her life.
Periodontal Disease : Gum disease and dental caries are the two most prevalent dental diseases in our country. Periodontal disease affects nearly 90–95% of the population, while dental caries affects about 60–80% of our children. These are caused by poor oral hygiene.
Today, apart from maintaining oral hygiene and having a non–cariogenic diet (caries inducing), other preventive measures are available for treatment which include:
Use of Fluorides:
Systemic fluorides are available in the form of fluoridated water, and in natural foods like tea, apples and wheat. Topical application of fluorides is available as: Fluoride mouthwashes eg. Colgate Fluorigard.
They are applied to the child’s teeth (milk/permanent) at the ages of 3, 6, 10 and 12 years. This is a procedure that is carried out in the dental office and takes about 15 minutes per arch. It can cost the patients INR 1000 to INR 1500.
Most commercially available toothpastes now contain fluorides.