Looking to build good oral hygiene routines for your children? Here at Smiles on Broadway we ensure that a trip to the dentist is always a fun experience, helping start children on the path to a lifetime of good oral health.
Here at Smiles on Broadway we advise that you bring your child in to see us from the age of 3, unless you have any concerns about their oral health prior to this. We want to ensure that every visit is fun, so to begin with we give them a ride in the chair and a prize for coming in. We will only look at their teeth when they are ready and willing to co-operate. We do not want to turn a trip to the dentist into a battle ground. Our aim is to ensure that they leave the surgery having had a positive experience and this means they will not be frightened or worried about returning in the future.
At Smiles on Broadway our aim is to ensure that we eliminate problems before they occur and therefore we may advise:
Fissure Sealants – fissure sealants involve applying a special varnish to the biting surfaces of teeth, which provide a shield, preventing food and bacteria from getting into the tiny grooves in the teeth and causing decay.
Smiles on Broadway top tips for children’s teeth
- Brush teeth twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste, suitable for the child’s age.
- Use a toothbrush with a small head and soft bristles and use small circular movements, following a set pattern to ensure that no areas are missed.
- It is important to supervise your child’s brushing until they are at least 7.
- Limit sugary foods and drinks to meal times
- Visit the dentist for regular appointments as often as recommended
At Smiles on Broadway we want to make every visit to the dentist fun for your children, because their early impressions of all their experiences will last for a lifetime. So, we strive to create a comfortable dental environment that they can trust!
We have many approaches to your child’s dental growth and development. Smiles on Broadway’s goal is to head off any potential oral health problems before they occur. Through routine check-ups, we want to ensure that their teeth and gums stay healthy all through their formative years.
Usually we see your children when they reach 3 years of age unless you see something that concerns you before that time. At age 3, the first experience is designed to be very easy and fun; we give them a ride in the chair and a prize for being a good helper. We may or may not even look at their teeth. If they are ready and co-operative, we will, but we don’t force anything. Usually we find that if they go away with a positive experience they won’t be afraid to let us look next time.
At Smiles on Broadway our primary goal with children is to use preventive techniques to eliminate problems before they occur. One of the best examples of this is using fissure sealants to seal children’s teeth.
What is a pit & fissure sealant?
The top surfaces of your teeth – where the chewing takes place – aren’t smooth and flat. They are criss-crossed with tiny hills and valleys – called pits and fissures. These are places where plaque can build up safe from your toothbrush and dental floss. Some of the pits and fissures are so narrow that even a single bristle from your toothbrush can’t get deep enough to clean them out.
One method of preventing decay from developing in the pits and fissures is to seal them off with a special varnish.
Sealants are a safe and painless way or protecting your children’s teeth from decay. A sealant is a protective plastic coating, which is applied to the biting surfaces of the back teeth. The sealant forms a hard shield that keeps food and bacteria from getting into the tiny grooves in the teeth and causing decay.
How do they work?
The sealant forms a smooth, protective barrier, by covering all the little grooves and dips in the surface of the tooth. Dental decay easily starts in these grooves.
What is involved?
The process is usually quick and straightforward, taking only a few minutes per tooth. The tooth is thoroughly cleaned and prepared with a special solution. The sealant is then applied and allowed to set hard, usually by shining an ultra-violet light onto it.
Which teeth should be sealed?
Sealants are only applied to the back teeth – the molars and premolars. These are the teeth that have pits and fissures on their biting surfaces. Some teeth naturally form with deep grooves, which will need to be sealed, others with shallow ones which will not need sealing
At what age would we advise fissure sealants?
Sealants are often applied as soon as the permanent teeth start to come through. This is usually between 6 and 7 years of age. The rest are usually sealed as soon as they appear which can be any time between 11 and 14 years of age.
Will my child feel it?
No, it is totally pain free, and the teeth do not feel any different afterwards.
How long do they last?
Sealants usually last for many years, but your dentist will want to check them regularly to make sure that the seal is still intact. They can wear over time, and sometimes they would need to add or replace some sealant to be sure that no decay can start underneath them.
Do my children still have to clean their teeth?
Yes. It is still vital that they do this. The smooth, sealed surface is now much easier to keep clean and healthy with normal tooth brushing. Using a fluoride toothpaste will also help to protect your children’s teeth. Pit and fissure sealing reduces tooth decay and the number of fillings your child might need.
After the grooves of the teeth have been cleaned out, bonding is then applied along with a white micro-filling that seals the groove of the tooth to prevent further decay. For more information, please read about sealants above.