Preventive Dentistry

Tooth decay can be prevented.

Along with regular maintenance of flossing and brushing, we recommend that our patients visit a pediatric dentist once every six months to ensure teeth and gums are healthy.

The following preventive services are available which will ensure that dental problems do not develop or can be stopped in the initial stages:

Cleaning and Polishing of teeth

  • Removing plaque from teeth

  • Scraping to remove tartar

  • Use of polishing paste

  • Dental care education

Fluoride application every 6 months

Fluoride application is a dental treatment that can help prevent tooth decay, slow it down or stop it from getting worse. Fluoride is a mineral that can strengthen tooth enamel (outer coating on teeth). It does not hurt when the varnish is applied.

Depending on the oral health status, fluoride treatments may be recommended every three, six or 12 months.


Sealants protect the grooved and pitted surfaces of the teeth from bacteria and an acidic environment. They are especially effective on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth where most cavities in children are found. Sealants are made of a clear or shaded material and are applied to the teeth to help keep them cavity-free.

The application of a sealant is quick and comfortable.

Do sealants need to be reapplied?

Your pediatric dentist will check the sealants during routine dental visits and recommend re-application or repair when necessary.

Should my child continue to brush and floss after the dentist applies sealants?

Absolutely! Sealants only provide one layer of protection. The best way to protect your child’s teeth is to practice good dental hygiene at home. Make sure your child is brushing, flossing and rinsing. Schedule dental cleanings every 6 months and offer your child healthy snacks and a balanced, nutritious diet.