Kids need routine care to avoid issues like cavities, and to ensure smiles are growing and developing properly. We offer quality care for kids of all ages, from preventive to restorative. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about how we treat your children’s smiles and protect their teeth from cavities and more.
Checkups and Cleanings
Kids need to see the dentist every six months, as this allows us to watch out for signs of trouble, treating issues like cavities in the early stages, and also making sure baby teeth are erupting and falling out in time, and that there are no complications with the arrival of the permanent ones. The cleaning portion involves removing all harmful plaque buildup, fighting cavities and gingivitis. These visits also let us instill good oral health habits, and make children more likely to continue seeing the dentist in adulthood. The first visit, a simple examination one, should happen around age one. Routine visits start at age two.
Fluoride and Dental Sealants
During these visits, we will likely apply a topical fluoride gel to the teeth. The gel helps strengthen the outer enamel, providing new calcium and phosphates to prevent the onset of a cavity. If your child has trouble reaching the rear molars, which could increase the risk of cavities, we could apply dental sealants. This is an acrylic layer we cover the teeth with, which prevents food from becoming stuck between the teeth the kids have the hardest time reaching when they brush and floss. They stay in place for up to ten years, wearing away gradually but adhering to the most vulnerable portions of the tooth the longest.
What if your child develops a cavity? Then in one visit we can place a filling. A dental filling involves using a composite resin, which is metal-free and safe for all ages, to fill the portions carved out by tooth decay. This offers a lifelike appearance and also prevents the decay from becoming an infection that threatens tooth stability. If you have any questions about these procedures, or if you would like to schedule a visit with our team, then contact our team today. Summer is a great time to schedule a visit, as we can make sure your child’s smile is strong and healthy before the new school year starts.
Do You Have Questions About Children’s Dentistry?
Our team wants to help kids maintain good oral health with preventive dental care and lifelike dental restorations. 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.