Our doctors strive to make children of any age feel at ease and enjoy their visit, so bring the entire family along! You can be assured your child will receive the latest advances in children’s dentistry, delivered with care, thoughtfulness, and compassion. We encourage good dental care habits in children and love instructing them on how to keep their teeth healthy for life. We look forward to seeing them for their first visit with us when they are three years old and watching them grow each year.
A goal of our practice is to make sure that this and future generations of children grow up without a fear of the dental office. According to our many happy parents, we are succeeding in that mission. Our office is a relaxed and happy place that children love to visit. Whether you have an active five-year-old or a scared three-year-old, we are here to help.
Instilling proper habits early, in an environment that’s comfortable and fun, is essential for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Children’s teeth can be susceptible to cavities due to many factors. They often don’t brush well on their own. Because of this, it is important for parents to be involved in their child’s daily dental care. This ensures both thorough cleaning and the development of proper dental habits.
Younger kids tend to eat more often during the day (grazing). This results in extended acid exposure (every time your child eats, acid is produced), which may cause more cavities. A tooth that is not as clean as it should be will also induce acid production, which may accelerate cavity development. The good news is that identifying poor dietary and hygiene habits, along with an application of a fluoride varnish to the mineralizing teeth, can substantially lower the chance of your child getting a cavity.
Even meticulous brushing may not reach the deep grooves in back teeth. This may result in bacteria, acids, and plaque formation, contributing to decay. And once the tooth has decay, it has permanent damage and will need a filling or crown.
What if there was a way to avoid this? Fortunately, there is! An application of dental sealants can take care of it. Here’s how dental sealants work: Teeth are cleaned and sterilized. A white or clear plastic coating is applied. A curing light is applied to the sealant to bond it into place. The entire process takes just a few minutes. There are no shots or drills or removal of any tooth structure. It’s completely harmless!
Applying dental sealants is one of the best preventive things children and adolescents can have done to preserve their natural teeth.
Your entire family deserves a healthy smile! Give us a call today at 602-943-4220 to schedule a visit for everyone.