We don’t just offer dental care for adults! We have experience in helping little smiles too. From babies and toddlers to teens, we can help your kids maintain good oral health. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about how we treat little smiles and help prevent issues like cavities!
Checkups and Cleanings
Just like you, kids need a checkup and cleaning visit every six months, starting at around age two. The checkup enables us to monitor the smile for potential signs of trouble, such as developing misalignment, tooth decay, gingivitis, or other concerns. We also clean the teeth too, a process that removes the harmful layers of plaque buildup linked to tooth decay and gingivitis, as well as bad breath and teeth stains. These visits also help kids become accustomed to seeing the dentist, and allows us to instill good oral health habits, reducing dental anxiety risk.
Should we discover a cavity in a little smile, we can offer treatment in one visit with a filling. Instead of using metal, we have a composite resin that is safe for all ages. The material can be shaded to blend with the smile seamlessly too, offering a lifelike appearance.
During your child’s six months checkup and cleaning visit, we could also apply a fluoride gel to the teeth in a topical form, which helps strengthen the outer enamel, to limit the risk of cavities. In addition, you can help by making sure your kids are using fluoride toothpastes at home, with kids three and younger using a rice sized amount, and kids over the age of three using a pea sized amount. You can also find this in tap water too, so drinking water can help protect teeth as well.
Many children have trouble reaching the rear teeth when they brush and floss. This means the risk of cavities forming in this part of the smile is much higher. Which is why dental sealants can be so helpful. The plastic lawyers will prevent food particles from becoming caught between teeth, or clinging to the surfaces of them. These stay in place for up to ten years, and wear away gradually with time. As they erode, they cling the longest to the most vulnerable parts of the tooth structure.
If you have any questions about our approach to children’s dentistry, or if you would like to schedule a visit soon, then contact our team today to learn more.
Talk To Your Cleveland, TX Dentist About Children’s Dentistry
We would love to help your kids enjoy bright and strong smiles. For more information about helping little smiles stay healthy, then contact your Cleveland, TX, dentist, Dr. Uhrenholdt, by calling (281) 592-1234.