The Treatments We Offer For Children
Kids need to see the dentist for regular visits, just like adults do. These visits help instill good habits, reduce dental anxiety, and also prevent issues like tooth decay and gingivitis. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist will look at our approach to children’s dentistry and when your kids should see us for a visit.
When Kids Need an Exam and Cleaning
Children need an initial visit at around age one, once the first baby tooth erupts. Regular checkups and cleanings should begin at around age two. Children need to see us regularly so we can monitor the smile as it grows and changes, watching for the earliest signs of trouble and offering care to prevent premature tooth loss, infection, gingivitis, or misalignment. We also make sure baby teeth fall out on schedule and that the permanent teeth erupt properly. The cleaning allows us to remove all plaque and tartar with an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool, which offers a reduced risk of cavities, bad breath, gingivitis, and teeth stains.
Treating A Cavity
What if your little one develops a cavity? Even if this occurs in a baby tooth, treatment is required. After all, months or years could elapse between when a cavity forms and when the tooth will fall out, so the risk of infection and premature tooth loss, a major factor in dental misalignment, could become more likely without care. Using a metal-free composite resin, we have a filling that is shaded to blend with a smile and is also safe for all ages. Placement only takes one visit, and helps offer a lifelike restoration to halt discomfort and protect the tooth. If your child complains about a toothache, bring him or her in for an exam!
Fluoride and Dental Sealants
We also offer unique preventive treatments that will help lower the risk of tooth decay. For example, during each checkup we could apply a fluoride gel to the teeth, which helps strengthen the protective layer of tooth enamel. That’s why we also recommend fluoride toothpaste for kids and adults alike! We could also place dental sealants, an acrylic coating that prevents food from becoming stuck between the hard-to-reach rear teeth. These layers could stay in place for 5 to 10 years, and help lower the risks of cavities. If you want to schedule a visit, then give us a call today.
Does Your Child Need a Checkup?
We know that routine care is necessary to help kids enjoy good oral health. If you have any questions about care for kids of all ages, or if you would like to schedule a consultation today, please contact Cleveland Family Dentistry in Cleveland, TX, at (281) 592-1234. You can also find our practice at 205 E. Houston St. Cleveland, TX 77327.