The benefits of fluoride in creating resistance to dental caries and reversing early dental decay in some cases during the formative years of the teeth is well documented. A systematic fluoride application programme is carried out for children at regular intervals as a preventive therapy. Keeping in mind the high carbohydrate diet children are exposed to, fluoride application is one of the most popular non- invasive treatment options available which has a high compliance rate as there is no drilling of the teeth. It is also helpful in getting a child accustomed to a dental chair.
Pit and Fissure Sealants
The anatomy of children’s teeth may sometimes work against them and make their teeth susceptible to dental decay. Sealants are used to make the pits and fissures on their teeth ‘shallow’ thereby preventing unnecessary lodgement of food and future tooth decay. This preventive measure goes a long way in ensuring that the the caries prone grinders remain decay free until it is time for the permanent teeth to erupt.