Protecting Young Smiles
Protecting your child’s smile is as simple as providing care at home and scheduling six-month visits. At Dental Associates of Moreno Valley, we strive to offer comprehensive preventive care that safeguards your little one’s oral health. Through daily brushing and flossing at home combined with our professional treatments that thoroughly remove plaque, we offer care that promotes childhoods filled with beautiful, healthy smiles.
Six Month Appointments for Children
When you bring your child in for dental care, we always provide time to become comfortable and acclimated to the foreign environment of the dental office. Once your child feels relaxed, we will provide your child with a visit similar to that of an adult dental checkup and cleaning. We will monitor the development of your son or daughter’s teeth, while checking for any changes or abnormalities in gum tissue. Our gentle, skilled hygienist will then carefully remove plaque from your child’s teeth surfaces before finishing with a tooth polishing. We recommend bringing your little one in to see us as soon as the first baby tooth erupts, typically around age one.
Preventive Pediatric Treatments
One of the best approaches to protecting a developing mouth is to offer preventive care. Rather than waiting for a problem to arise, we encourage treatments that keep them from ever occurring. At Dental Associates of Moreno Valley, we provide the following treatments:
- Dental Sealants: A dental sealant is composed of plastic, which your pediatric dentist will carefully paint over your child’s hard-to-reach teeth. Because molars require challenging care, they are often the most susceptible to cavities. Sealants prevent tooth decay by keeping plaque from adhering to teeth. In some cases, this treatment may last for up to 10 years.
- Fluoride Treatments: Fluoride is a mineral found in nature with the ability to strengthen bone tissue. We suggest fluoride treatments for some of our younger patients to ensure teeth grow strong and healthy. In addition, fluoride assists in the prevention of tooth decay by remineralizing weak spots in tooth enamel – or the outermost layer of dental tissue.