Protect Growing Smiles
The sooner your child learns good dental habits, the greater your chances of protecting your little one’s smile. We invite you to begin scheduling dental visits for your son or daughter as early as his or her first birthday or at the arrival of a first tooth. Children’s dentistry offers the best in prevention because we are treating newly formed teeth. By keeping teeth and gums plaque free and monitoring growth, we can help ensure optimal oral healthy and successful development.
The dental office is full of new sensory information like unique scents and foreign-looking equipment that can either seem interesting or slightly scary. Rather than treating your child immediately, we take an empathetic approach. Visits begin by giving your child the time to get used to this new space. We will explain the instruments and give your child a sense of security and relaxation before we move forward with specific treatments.
Cleanings and Checkups
Just like you, your child requires consistent preventive care. We will gently yet thoroughly clean your child’s teeth to keep them free of plaque. Keeping your child’s teeth and gums clean prevents cavity formation and gum disease. During checkups, we will offer suggestions for best home care practices. We will also monitor development, so we may ensure teeth grow in health and strong. The sooner we detect concerns, the easier it is to make adjustments to a developing smile.
Fluoride and Sealants
Your child is just learning how to use a toothbrush and toothpaste. While your little one may be doing his or her best, this is still new territory. Addressing teeth full of grooves (such as back teeth) and cleaning every surface is quite a challenge, which is why we offer:
- Fluoride Treatments: A mineral occurring in nature, fluoride strengthens bone tissue for healthy teeth growth. It also aids in protection against tooth decay by mineralizing teeth and potentially re-mineralizing areas that have become a bit soft as a result of plaque adhesion.
- Dental Sealants: A sealant is a clear plastic coating that we place over the chewing surfaces of back teeth. Molars are full of fissures and hiding places for food particles and plaque. Rather than leaving your child’s hard-to-reach teeth vulnerable, we create a physical barrier to simply keep plaque from having the chance to adhere, often offering complete protection against tooth decay.