Dental care is essential from a young age. Instilling the practice of good dental hygiene helps to keep the mouth away from dental diseases. The best way to take care of a child's teeth is to make sure that they receive care from an expert dentist. They help provide services and preventive treatments that provide extra protection to the teeth.
Listed below are a few of the essential services provided for children at the dental practice.
Dental exams are an important part of your child’s preventive dental care. During your child’s dental exam, our dentist will check for cavities, plaque, and other problems. The dentist will also go over proper brushing and flossing techniques with you and your child.
Your dentist or dental hygienist will clean your child’s teeth and examine them to ensure that they are developing correctly and that there are no problems. These appointments are particularly important because they help children prevent dental problems like cavities and gingivitis.
Plaque and tartar build up on teeth over time, and this can lead to gum disease over time. Professional dental cleanings remove these deposits from teeth, giving your child’s enamel a healthy appearance.
Dental sealants are a thin plastic material applied to the back teeth. They act as a barrier to prevent bacteria and food particles from settling in the grooves of the teeth. This effectively prevents tooth decay and the need for dental fillings.
Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay. It is typically found in toothpaste, rinses, and fluoride treatments at the dentist’s office.
Fluoride treatments are recommended every six months for children with a moderate to high risk of developing cavities. These treatments strengthen tooth enamel and help to prevent tooth decay.
After fluoride treatment, we recommend avoiding drinking or eating anything acidic or sugary for at least one hour. Doing so will limit the contact of that food or beverage with the tooth enamel.
Mouthguards help protect your child’s teeth if they play sports. They also protect teeth from grinding and clenching at night if the child suffers from bruxism. Children with bruxism or nighttime teeth grinding (also called sleep bruxism) may wear mouthguards during the day to prevent damage to their teeth.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics both recommend that children have a checkup with an orthodontic specialist no later than the age of seven. Early evaluation can help identify potential problems and may prevent more intensive treatments in the future.
Early orthodontic treatments can help guide the growth of the jaws, create room for crowded teeth, correct bite problems, and reduce the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth.
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