Kids need to see the dentist just like you do for prevent treatments. We also have custom restorations and other options to help kids of all ages avoid poor oral health and enjoy stronger teeth and gums. In today’s blog, your Kahoka, MO, dentist talks about the kinds of treatments kids may need from the dentist.
Visits Every Six Months
Children ages two and older should have a checkup and cleaning every six months! A checkup means a chance to examine the smile for signs of cavities, infections, gingivitis, or complications with the loss of baby teeth or the eruption of permanent teeth. Addressing the issues early helps prevent painful complications! We also discuss good oral health habits too. With a cleaning, we remove all harmful plaque and tartar from the teeth, which limits the risk of cavities and gum health issues.
If your child has a high cavity risk, but cannot reach the back teeth very well when brushing and flossing, wed could help with sealants. Essentially, we place a special acrylic coating to the rear teeth. We then cure this material. The process takes only minutes, and the sealants prevent any food from becoming stuck between the hard-to-reach molars. They can then stay in place for between five and ten years on average!
Every six months, we will also place a fluoride to the teeth. Fluoride is a naturally-occurring material that strengthens the outer enamel to help prevent cavities. The process only takes a few minutes, and helps keep little smiles strong. Your child can also receive fluoride with tap water or their toothpaste.
Fillings and Crowns
If your child develops a cavity, then treatment is needed to prevent infection or premature loss of baby teeth. With a filling, we place a lifelike and metal-free material that is safe for all ages. The material is color-matched to blend with the tooth too! Placement only takes one visit. For more severe issues, we could create and place a crown, which covers the entire visit portion of each tooth.
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. We would love to help your children enjoy optimal oral health with regular visits for checkups and cleanings, and timely preventive treatments too.
TALK TO YOUR KAHOKA, MO DENTIST ABOUT CHILDREN’S DENTISTRY
Our team wants to help your children enjoy their best possible smiles. To find out more about improving a child’s oral health, then contact your Kahoka, MO, dentist, Dr. Barbour, by calling 660-727-4746. Remember, children need the same routine care that you do, and that begins with a simple visit for a checkup and cleaning.