Good hygiene is one of the first things we teach our children, and part of caring for their smiles is making sure they receive regular professional care at the dentist’s office. Children’s dentistry is the art of making sure children feel comfortable and safe when they visit the dentist, as well as providing customized treatments designed specifically for each child’s unique needs. Because their first teeth (primary teeth) are place-holders for their permanent smiles, preventing dental issues early in life is especially imperative. For this reason, making sure children become accustomed to regular dental care is one of the most important aspects of excellent children’s dentistry.
Dental Treatments Specifically for Children
Like adults, children should maintain a regular schedule of checkups and cleanings, attending an appointment at least twice every year. During their appointments, our doctors and team will make their dental health care fun while educating them on how to take great care of their smiles at home. If your child exhibits an increased risk for dental trouble, such as cavities, then the dentist may recommend a preventive treatment such as fluoride or dental sealants.
Tooth enamel—the thin, semi-translucent layer that surrounds our teeth—is made almost entirely of highly-resilient mineral crystals. Oral bacteria can damage enamel by producing acid that weakens it, leading to tooth decay and cavities if the enamel is compromised. Periodically cleaning away oral bacteria helps prevent enamel erosion, but for additional protection, your child’s dentist might also recommend fluoride treatment, which strengthens tooth enamel as the fluoride bonds to its minerals.
Dental sealants are ultra-thin layers of clear acrylic that the dentist can apply to the chewing surfaces of your child’s teeth. On back teeth particularly, the crevices on the surface can allow food particles and oral bacteria to accumulate in hard-to-reach places. Sealants provide an additional layer of protection that prevents these particles from settling in these crevices. Sealants last for several months and dissolve on their own, so there is no need for an additional appointment to remove them. They’re also biocompatible, meaning they are safe for children of all ages.
Schedule Your Child’s Next Dental Appointment
Caring for children’s smiles is just one of the things we’re known for, and we continue to serve generations of families at our dental office. To schedule a consultation, call Lynne Barbour Dental in Kahoka, MO, today at 660-727-4746 (GRIN).