Dental problems are quite common in children and are also one of the reasons that they tend to miss school. But this problem can be prevented. Regular checkups can help prevent any serious threat in the future, ensuring good oral health.
Pediatric dentistry is a specialized dental specialty that primarily takes care of children’s dental needs.
Dental care starts at home. The parents are advised to take good care of their children’s oral health, even before beginning a dental visit. The steps to be kept in mind are:
Children should see a dentist by their first birthday or when their first tooth emerges. This varies between children, though, so it is important to contact our office to schedule your child’s first visit to our office. We recommend bringing your child for an initial appointment before age 3, so we can establish a relationship with them and help them feel comfortable at our office. Also, we can provide more educational information and guidance on proper at-home care while their teeth are developing.
Our dentists and team can provide preventative treatments to keep your child’s smile healthy and prevent common dental problems. These treatments include cleanings to remove plaque buildup; fluoride varnishes to strengthen the enamel of the teeth, sealants to prevent cavities from forming, and more. We can also treat issues such as thumb sucking or teeth grinding with personalized recommendations. We provide all of these services in a fun environment to help your children feel safe and comfortable at our dental office during every visit.
As your child grows, we can provide additional treatments, such as orthodontic care to correct misalignments or manage bite concerns. It is never too late for your child to benefit from the dental care they need to keep their smile healthy for a lifetime. The earlier you start seeing us, the better their dental health will be in the future.
Dental problems in children that the dentist usually takes care for are:
Prevent Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
When your baby falls asleep with a bottle or sippy cup of milk, formula, fruit juice, or other sugary beverage in his or her mouth, the sugar in those liquids combines with bacteria in the baby’s mouth and creates an acid that attacks the tooth enamel and causes decay. This is called “baby bottle tooth decay” and can lead to cavities, fillings, and even premature tooth loss in infants. Early childhood dental care is important in preventing this and other oral health conditions. If your child is between six months and three years old, see us for preventative care that includes fluoride varnish treatments and dental sealants to protect their teeth.
Stop Thumb Sucking
Thumb sucking, often referred to as “pacifiers” by dentists, is a normal and healthy habit for infants and toddlers. Most children stop thumb-sucking between the ages of two and three. Some children will continue to suck their thumbs past the age of five, which may feel comforting to them when they need something to calm them down. Parents should discourage their child from sucking his or her thumb after the age of three by removing the thumbsucking object. A dentist can recommend other ways for your child to comfort them, such as cuddling a blanket or stuffed animal.
Protect Their Teeth With Dental Sealants
Dental sealants are available in both preventative and corrective forms to protect your child’s teeth and mouth from decay and cavities. Sealants are applied to the teeth-colored enamel surfaces of molars, premolars, and other back teeth that are typically hard to reach and clean with a toothbrush or floss. These teeth are more susceptible to developing tooth decay because they are more difficult to reach with brushing due to the positioning of the tooth in the mouth. An added benefit is that many sealants are clear or white in color, making them hard to notice in your smile. This means that dental sealants can help protect the appearance of a child’s smile.
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