As adults, we know the importance of medical checkups to ensure that children grow up big and strong. However, dental checkups are just as important to ensuring that your child’s teeth, mouth, and jaws develop properly. At your Kahoka, MO, dentist’s office, we are committed to children’s dentistry and ready to help set and maintain healthy oral hygiene habits for your children with regular visits to our office.
Tips for Creating Healthy Habits
We know that children often have anxiety about dental visits. At Barbour Dental we strive to maintain a comfortable atmosphere, and parents and guardians can be our biggest helpers when it comes to setting young minds at ease. From around three years old through adulthood, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends attending a dentist appointment every six months. Of course, as a family dentistry practice, we welcome you to bring your children to your appointments at even younger ages to help them become comfortable with our office. Children learn by example, so seeing you brush, floss, and feel calm during your checkups will inspire them to do the same. Reading books or watching shows with accurate portrayals of dentist visits can also help, as children respond to characters that they like.
What Happens at the Dentist?
In our office, we begin children’s appointments with a teeth cleaning, just like at adults’ appointments. This professional cleaning helps to remove the plaque and tartar buildup that often occurs on children’s teeth because of bacteria that doesn’t get properly brushed or flossed away. The dentist will then examine your child’s teeth for any signs of decay, cavities, or developmental issues. Since baby teeth are the placeholders for your child’s adult teeth, it is important to watch for any issues within the first set of teeth that could lead to issues in the permanent set. To further protect your child’s teeth from cavities and decay, your dentist may recommend a simple procedure such as a fluoride treatment or sealant. A fluoride treatment will help to protect the enamel on their teeth, keeping the teeth hard and healthy. A sealant is an acrylic layer that can be painted onto the biting surface of their molars to prevent bacteria from getting into harder-to-reach places and causing decay. When paired with healthy habits at home and twice-yearly checkups, these treatments help to safeguard your child’s smile, keeping it and them healthy as they grow. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our team today.
Time to Safeguard Your Child’s Smile
At Barbour Dental, little smiles will receive top-quality preventive care during each exam to ensure that their teeth grow strong and healthy. If your child is due for a checkup, contact your Kahoka, MO, dentist, Dr. Barbour, at (660) 727-4746 today.