Without dental care, your child could become more likely to develop cavities and experience serious dental discomfort. Fortunately, your Dallas, TX, dentist can help with children’s dentistry! In today’s blog, we’re looking at the preventive care we offer, and the treatments designed specifically to stop tooth decay! We’re also going to talk about better homecare habits as well.
Checkups and Cleanings for Little Smiles
Kids need routine checkups starting with the arrival of the first baby tooth. These visits allow our team to monitor these smiles as they grow and change, and identify possible oral health concerns in the earliest stages. The sooner we identify them, the sooner we can treat them, which means a cavity doesn’t have to become an infection that threatens a tooth’s stability! We also perform a cleaning, in which we remove all plaque and tartar buildup from the teeth, a process that lowers the risk of tooth decay and gum disease, as plaque buildup erodes enamel and inflames gum tissue.
Fluoride and Dental Sealants
We also have two preventive treatments to lower the overall risks of tooth decay. With fluoride varnish, we apply a special material to the teeth that re-mineralizes the enamel, strengthening it and lowering the risk of cavities. We apply this varnish during routine checkup and cleaning visits.
We also have dental sealants, which are a special plastic coating we apply to the rear teeth. The sealants help prevent food from becoming stuck between hard-to-reach teeth, reducing the chances of a cavity to form in a little smile. The sealants stay in place for years and wear away with time.
Better Habits at Home
Along with preventive care at our office, you should also take better care of your child’s teeth at home! Kids need to brush as soon as teeth begin to arrive. You should help them or monitor them as they brush in the morning and again at night, for about two minutes each session and using a fluoride toothpaste. Kids also need to floss each night as soon as there are teeth sitting side-by-side. Other health habits include cutting back on sugary foods and drinks! If you have any questions about our approach to children’s dentistry, or if you would like to schedule a visit for your little one, then contact our team today.
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT CHILDREN’S DENTISTRY?
We want to help kids of all ages enjoy healthier smiles with routine preventive care. Six-month checkups and cleanings, preventive fluoride and dental sealants, and homecare all help protect the teeth form issues like cavities or gingivitis. If you have any questions about the care we offer little smiles, then contact your Kahoka, MO, dentist, Dr. Barbour, right away at (660) 727-4746.