Maintaining a healthy mouth is important for everyone, regardless of age. Just like adults, kids need to brush their teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. Along with care at home, it is also important that your child has regular dental visits as well to help optimize their oral health. At Boones Landing Dental Center, we can provide the specialized care that young mouths need while they are still growing and developing dentistry for kids.
Dental Cleanings and Dental Exams
Cleanings and exams are a critical part of helping your child to prevent serious oral health issues. Like you, your child should have cleanings and exams performed every six months, and they are both typically done at the same appointment. We start with cleaning, where we scrape the surfaces of their teeth, removing all buildup, including plaque, tartar, and bacteria. We can access every area of their teeth, including the areas where your child may have difficulty accessing on their own. After their teeth have been scraped clean, we then polish them smooth using an electric handpiece and a special dental polish that contains abrasives. Finally, their teeth are flossed.
Staff Training With Children
Exams involve taking a close look at the teeth and gums. We check their teeth for signs of decay, cavities, and physical damage. We also check their gums for signs of swelling. Exams are essential for spotting issues in their earliest stages, which then allows us to provide treatment right away to prevent more serious complications from arising.
Dental X-rays are an important part of the dental health record. With X-rays, we can see between the teeth and under the gum line. We can check the roots of the teeth, the development of the adult teeth, and the development of the jaw. X-rays can also enable us to find hidden issues, which will help us to provide fast, effective treatment for your child.
Extra Protection with Fluoride and Sealants
We understand that children often have a more difficult time with brushing and flossing. We can help by providing them with additional protective measures. Fluoride treatments are a fast, pain-free way to help strengthen the enamel, enabling it to fight off tooth decay and cavities. We apply a fluoride gel to the surfaces of their teeth. The fluoride absorbs directly into the enamel.
Sealants are another way to help in the fight against cavities. Sealants are applied to the chewing surfaces of the molars, where there are deep crevices that can collect bacteria and food particles. The sealants seal out buildup and make the molars easier to clean. Like fluoride, they are a quick, simple treatment that is completely painless. While these treatments are great for helping your child to protect their teeth from decay and cavities, they are not a substitute for good oral hygiene. It is still important that your child continue to brush and floss regularly.
Helping your child to practice good dental hygiene now will help them to develop good oral care habits that will last them a lifetime. For more information, or to schedule an appointment for your child, call Boones Landing Dental Center today at (503) 601-0610.