Caring for Children’s Smiles
Children need routine oral care to avoid tooth decay and other common dental health issues. From as early as a year, your little one may need to see the dentist. We can provide pedodontic care to ensure your children enjoys a lifetime of healthy and beautiful smiles.
What Does Pedodontics Involve?
Pedodontic treatment involves monitoring a child’s oral health and providing treatment when necessary. Once the first baby tooth arrives, typically around age one, your child should visit the dentist. We then assess the health of the smile and make sure the teeth are erupting properly. As they age, we will watch for signs of gingivitis, tooth decay, or misalignment, offering restoration placement and extraction if necessary. We can also educate your child on proper brushing and flossing, helping them enjoy a lifetime of beautiful smiles.
We can also strengthen the body’s natural defenses against cavities with dental sealants and fluoride treatments. Dental sealants are a plastic coating placed over the teeth in the rear of the mouth, preventing from from becoming stuck between teeth. Fluoride treatments improve the strengthen of tooth enamel and act as a natural re-mineralizing agent.
How Often Should My Child See the Dentist?
Once your child reaches the ages of two or three, we recommend seeing the doctor once every six months. Routine checkups can not only help the dentist discover and treat developing problems, but ease dental anxiety as children become accustomed to the office and visiting the dentist.
Do Children’s Teeth Require Treatment?
If your child develops a cavity in the tooth, then treatment is crucial. Waiting means a baby tooth may need to be removed prematurely, increasing the risk of misalignment and other oral health issues as the permanent teeth arrive. However, you can help reduce the risk of common health issues with regular homecare, which includes:
- Brushing as soon as the first tooth arrives, twice a day
- Flossing before bed
- Seeing the dentist twice a year
- Avoiding foods and drinks high in sugar and other starches