Kids need to see the dentist, just like you do! Having regular checkups and cleanings help us protect their smiles from major oral health concerns, including tooth decay and gingivitis. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about scheduling your child’s next visit, and the benefits of regular dental care for little smiles.
Kids Need Checkups
Children should see the dentist every six months for an exam and cleaning starting at around age two. As their smiles grow and change, we want to make sure issues with the eruption and loss of the baby teeth, and the arrival of the permanent teeth, don’t lead to misalignment. We also want to catch tooth decay in the earliest stages, treating it before a tooth is lost prematurely due to infection. In the same sitting, we also clean the teeth. The cleaning means we gently remove all plaque and tartar with an ultrasonic scaling device and the use of a manual pick, so the smile is less vulnerable to cavities and gingivitis. This also fights bad breath and teeth stains too! Even if kids brush and floss daily, this cannot remove plaque, so a cleaning is always important for people of all ages.
Should we discover a cavity, we can offer a safe and lifelike treatment with a composite resin dental filling. This contains no metals and is safe for kids of all ages. The material can also be shaded to blend with the tooth, so your little one can smile with confidence! Placement only takes one visit, and the restoration can last for years to come. Even though baby teeth fall out, this could happen months or even years after a cavity forms., Don’t wait it out, as this could cause serious discomfort, infection, and premature tooth loss. Premature tooth loss is a major factor in dental misalignment.
We can also provide unique preventive treatments to help lower the risk of cavities. In the checkup visit, we can apply a special fluoride gel to help strengthen the outer layer of enamel, making them less at risk for cavities. For the hard-to-reach rear teeth, we can apply a dental sealant. This acrylic lawyer can stay in a place for up to ten years, and prevent cavities from forming in the rear teeth. If you have any questions, then give us a call today!
Do You Have Questions About Children’s Dentistry?
We’re ready to help kids of all ages enjoy good oral health and shining smiles. If you have any questions about protecting little smiles, 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.