WHAT IS FAMILY DENTISTRY?
Pediatric dentistry is a very special type of dental care that serves young children. Although kids need many of the same dental treatments and procedures as adults, they also have unique situations that must be addressed.
Here are a few dental services typically provided under the umbrella of pediatric dentistry:
The very moment that your child’s first tooth erupts opens up the possibility of tooth decay. Fluoride treatments strengthen their teeth against acidic attacks by plaque and sugars within the mouth.
Fluoride Treatment Benefits
Easy and fast: Fluoride treatments are fast and painless for your child. They can even eat or drink soon after their treatment.
Saves money: Since fluoride effectively disrupts tooth decay, a fluoride treatment can save you a considerable amount of time and expense on future dental care.
Blocks oral bacteria: Fluoride treatments make it more difficult for bacteria to thrive and stick to the teeth, minimizing the damage that it can cause.
To prevent tooth decay, the American Dental Association recommends that young children undergo fluoride treatments twice annually. However, it is important to keep in mind that fluoride alone cannot prevent tooth decay. Brushing and flossing, as well as dental exam and cleaning appointments, are also very important.
Pediatric Dental Sealants
Oral bacteria is constantly trying to find “chinks” in our armor. Pediatric dental sealants help protect the hard-to-reach back teeth of young children who are more susceptible to tooth decay. The American Dental Association has found that sealants prevent up to 80% of cavities.
This is a fast and easy dental appointment that involves no drilling or shots. Your dentist would simply apply a special liquid onto the back surfaces of your child’s teeth. After this material hardens, it will provide a protective barrier against the entry of the oral bacteria that cause tooth decay.
Dental Exam and Cleaning
A regular dental exam ensures that a dental professional is routinely checking your child’s teeth, mouth, and gums for signs of trouble. If anything is spotted, it can be addressed at an early stage when intervention is usually most successful.
Your child will need a professional dental cleaning at least twice a year. This dental visit is important because it helps to eliminate the plaque and tartar that can damage your child’s teeth and gums. It can be difficult to completely remove all plaque when young children are brushing and flossing at home. A routine dental cleaning appointment ensures that every bit of plaque is removed from your child’s teeth to prevent cavities and gum disease.
Schedule Your Child's Appointment
If your child is ready for their first appointment, please contact us to make arrangements. We are also happy to provide educational resources and dental treatments and procedures, such as dental exams and cleanings, for young children.