"Everything Begins With Protection"
Today, protective dental treatment have become more common and thus the incidence rates of tooth decays have decreased significantly. According to a recent study conducted in our country, the rate of "no tooth decay" among the children is 16%, while it is 19% among 12 year olds. The 21st century goals of World Health Organisation (WHO) include a 80% no tooth decay rate among the 6-year old age group. These numbers prove that the protective dentistry is yet not at the desired levels.
The purpose of protective dentistry is to determine the decay risk group of your children and plan a special protective program for them after first dental examination. This protective program is carried out with dentist and the parents together.
Responsibilities of Parents:
Regular and Proper Tooth Brushing Training: Regular tooth brushing is one of the most effective methods to reduce the number of bacteria and food retention. Parents must know that effective tooth brushing may vary from child to child and begins after the age of five. For teeth with no decays, you need to brush the teeth of your children at least twice a day until they come of age. To instill the tooth brushing habit, parents need to hand the toothbrush to the child first, then clean the teeth themselves.
Diet: Diet is of great importance for having teeth with no decay. Contrary to the popular belief, tooth decays are not only caused by chocolate and sugar. Many foods may alter the pH balance of the mouth and thus, cause tooth decays. Your dentists will examine your dietary habits, determine your mistakes and explain what you should to maintain your oral hygiene.
Responsibilities of Dentist:
Fissure Sealants: Regular tooth brushing and diet may not be always enough for having teeth with no decay. Tooth decays are most commonly seen in the cavities on the chewing surface of the molars called "fissures". Tooth decays are most commonly seen in these areas because the tooth brushes remain ineffective in cleaning these areas due to narrow and deep fissures. Therefore, one of the most common protective methods used by dentists to prevent tooth decays is fissure sealants.
In this protective application, the fissures are filled with white-color, fluid material called "fissure sealant" and the fluid material is hardened with a special beam. In this way, the areas which food residues may enter into and may not be removed with tooth brushing are eliminated.
Fluor administration: Fluor administration is the most effective and simple measure to prevent tooth enamel from harmful acids, to prevent decay formation and to stop decays in the early period.
Fluor administrations in children to be made after the milk teething is complete will strengthen the teeth structure and increase the resistance against the acid produced by bacteria.
After the first fluor administration, your dentists will determine the risk group of your children and call them for a routine check up in every 4 to 6 months.