Absolutely everyone needs professional dental care, but it’s especially important for children, as their dental development is directly tied to their abilities to eat, speak, and even breathe properly. Dr. Allison and the rest of our team take things nice and slow with our younger patients to guarantee a positive experience at every appointment. With us, any little nerves will quickly disappear as we put your child on the path towards a lifetime of optimal oral health. To schedule your child’s next dental visit, contact us today.
Starting around 2 years old, your child should start attending regular checkups and cleanings just like Mom and Dad. In addition to examining your little one’s mouth and cleaning their teeth, we’ll also take the time to educate them on the basics of oral hygiene. Our goal is for your child to form a positive connection with dentistry so they are motivated to take care of their teeth for many years to come. And of course, if you ever have any questions about your child’s oral health, you’re always invited to ask us.
If a child is going to develop a cavity, it will most likely be on one of their back teeth, or molars. These can be difficult for little hands to reach and clean while brushing, and their rough surfaces can easily trap food and bacteria. Fortunately, decay can be kept away by placing a thin layer of dental plastic over the enamel, essentially creating an impenetrable shield. Sealants only take a few minutes to apply but can easily last for about 10 years.
When it comes to children and fluoride, balance is important. Too much too early can actually damage your child’s growing teeth, while too little leaves them vulnerable to cavities. We’ll let you know how much fluoride they should be exposed to at home, and whenever they come to see us, we’ll give them a quick fluoride treatment that will greatly boost their cavity protection between appointments.
Despite everyone’s best efforts, many children will still develop a cavity, but don’t worry—you won’t find judgment at our dental office, only solutions! We can quickly fix any “sugar bugs” using a tooth-colored filling, which replaces the damaged enamel, and it’s also shaded to perfectly blend with the surrounding tooth. This means the restoration won’t change the appearance of your child’s smile, so they never have to worry about friends or teachers noticing their dental work.
Playing sports has a nearly endless list of benefits for children, but of course, any physical activity comes with a potential risk for injury, and dental injuries are some of the most common. Rather than forcing your child to wear a bulky, one-size-fits-all mouthguard from the store, our team can provide them with their own custom-made appliance. It will fit better, provide more protection, and allow your future sports star to breathe and speak easily while wearing it, ensuring they won’t “forget” it in their locker again and again!
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