Preventing Tooth Decay

Visit a Dentist Regularly

It is recommended that you see a dentist at least once a year for teeth cleaning and examination of your mouth. The dentist will determine the frequency of your appointments according to your oral health. An annual exam may be enough for some people, but others may need to have their teeth checked more often.

If you take medication, inform your dentist, especially if the medicines dry your mouth.

You can find a dentist on the Ordre des dentistes du Québec This link opens a new window. website.

Take your children to the dentist

Young children should see a dentist for the first time around the age of 1. During this first visit, the dentist will:

  • Examine the child’s mouth before a possible dental problem emerges
  • Advise parents on how to clean and take care of their child’s mouth

Following that, have your child’s teeth examined by a dentist at least once a year, or as recommended. This will allow the dentist to:

  • Conduct professional cleaning of your child’s teeth so that they retain a clean and healthy mouth
  • Promptly fix dental problems and thus prevent the development of cavities

As needed, the dentist can also recommend ways to lower the risks of your child getting a cavity. These include:

  • Fluoride supplements 
    A dentist can prescribe fluoride supplements to children at risk of tooth decay and who live in areas where water does not contain enough fluoride
  • Fluoride treatment 
    A dentist or dental hygienist can apply fluoride varnish on your child’s teeth. Fluoride strengthens teeth enamel and makes then more resistant to acid, which attacks teeth and causes cavities
  • Use of dental sealants 
    A dentist or dental hygienist may apply a dental sealant on some permanent teeth. Dental sealants are liquid coatings that harden onto the chewing surfaces of teeth. The surface of the teeth becomes smoother and easier to clean. This is very effective in preventing tooth decay

Services Covered by the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec

Some dental services, including annual exams, are free for children under 10 years of age. These services are offered at dental clinics or in some hospitals upon presentation of your child’s health insurance card. See the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec Ce lien ouvre une nouvelle fenêtre. for further details.

Last update: November 8, 2016 10:44 AM

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