- Posted by Dr Alex Loh
- On December 4, 2017
Reports from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare in 2014 have shown that dental decay in Australian children is on the rise. Did you know that two out of three 12-year-olds have decay in their permanent teeth?
Despite the technological advances in dental treatment over the past decade, the reality is that dental filling materials used to fill decayed teeth are still not as strong as natural unfilled teeth. As a result, eDentistry Wantirna believes that the focus should be on improving children’s dental health by preventing the teeth from decaying in the first place. As the old saying goes – prevention is better than cure!
eDentistry can help to provide ways to prevent decay from occurring, in the form of professional cleaning used in combination special toothpastes. Teeth with deep grooves can be at particularly high risk or decay – these teeth can actually be sealed at a fraction of cost of fillings to virtually eliminate the potential of getting decay within the grooves. An example of a before and after picture of a sealant is shown below.
Regular check-ups together with dental X-rays can help to identify the early beginnings of decay. If caught early enough, there are special toothpaste formulations that can be used to help reverse the decay, and stop the need for the filling altogether.
If you are interested in knowing more about preventative services for your child or teenager, feel free to call eDentistry Wantirna on (03) 9800 1184 or send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and have a chat with us.