Did you know that decay in baby teeth can affect the health of adult teeth and can cause a permanent disadvantage by altering the bacteria balance in the mouth? It is important to learn and practice good oral health care early. We encourage children to come to the dentist around age 2 so we can help teach them how to properly brush their teeth, and so they get comfortable in the dental office. We recommend beginning semi-annual cleanings by age 4 to pre-empt damage to permanent teeth caused by poor oral health in baby teeth. In addition, we can apply fluoride treatments and sealants to reduce the risk of decay and cavities in baby teeth. It is also important for a dentist to monitor the spacing and alignment of permanent teeth as they grow and erupt. Early identification and treatment of orthodontic problems can prevent growth issues, altered facial and sinus structures, sleep apnea, and even orthognathic surgery later in life.
We recommend routine dental cleanings for several reasons. When we perform a professional cleaning, we remove the buildup of plaque and tartar. We also clean the parts of your child’s teeth that are hard to reach, such as underneath the gums.
After a cleaning, we will polish your child’s teeth so that they shine! We can also apply a fluoride treatment, if necessary, to help prevent tooth decay.request an appointment
Cavities and Fillings
Dental fillings are used to treat different dental problems like cavities and broken teeth. Teeth are usually filled with a material called composite resin, which is designed to look like natural teeth. Fillings can also be done with gold, porcelain, or silver amalgam.
Composite resin takes a little longer, though most people still prefer it because it creates natural-looking teeth. It takes more than one layer, and a special light is used to harden the area around the filling.request an appointment
Dental sealant is a plastic coating painted on your teeth. It attaches to your child’s teeth, smoothing the rough edges, depressions, and grooves that are typically found on teeth. It gives your child’s teeth a protective coating, helping to prevent tooth decay and cavities.
Sealants are usually done on the back teeth since they are hard to reach and very irregular. Even if your child brushes and flosses properly, he or she may miss some areas. For this reason, sealants are a good way to protect your child’s teeth.request an appointment
We believe that fluoride works well to strengthen children’s teeth. It also has been shown to help prevent tooth decay in people of all ages.
For this reason, the American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Medical Association believe that topical fluoride is necessary for good oral health.
Because of this, you may be wondering if your child needs fluoride treatments. Often water is enhanced with fluoride, so additional fluoride treatments are not necessary.request an appointment