Preventing Problems Before They Start
The health of your child’s teeth and mouth is very important to the well-being of their body, and while routine brushing and flossing at home is necessary to keep your child’s smile looking its best, visiting the dentist for a comprehensive exam and cleaning is essential.
During your child’s visit, we will examine your child’s teeth and gums for signs of cavities, gum disease, and other health problems. The dentist may also want to take X-rays to see what is happening beneath the surface of the teeth and gums. The images provided will help the dentist discover dental issues not visible to the naked eye. They will also allow the dentist to see how the jaws and adult teeth are growing and developing.
Our team will carefully clean your child’s teeth with a variety of instruments to remove plaque and hardened build-up. Cleanings aren’t painful, but if your child has any anxiety about the dental exam, be sure to let our team know.
Fluoride is effective in preventing tooth decay by reinforcing and strengthening the surface of teeth making it more difficult for the bacterial acids to break down tooth structure. Fluoride can be applied topically to help prevent cavities. It is delivered through toothpaste, mouthwash, and professional fluoride applications. Professional application of topical fluoride foam and varnishes is also a valuable tool in cavity prevention.
Sometimes brushing isn’t enough, especially when it comes to those spots that are difficult to reach. Dental sealants are resins that bond in the deep grooves on the tooth’s surface. When a tooth is sealed the grooves become smooth and are less likely to develop cavities. With sealants, brushing becomes easier and more effective. Sealants are most often applied to children’s teeth after their permanent teeth have erupted. Every patient has unique needs, and we will recommend dental sealants on a case-by-case basis.