Dentistry for Kids
Adults are not the only ones who need to take good care of their mouths. Just like you, your child should be brushing and flossing their teeth every day. These habits are essential for preventing issues such as cavities. In addition to their home care, your child should have their teeth professionally cared for as well. However, their needs are very different from your own, and they require specialized care. At Beyond Dental and Implant Center we can provide the care your child needs with dentistry for kids.
The Importance of Baby Teeth
Many parents often wonder why the baby teeth require care if they are only going to be lost and replaced with adult teeth. While the baby teeth are only temporary, they play several integral roles in the mouth of your child. They help your child to bite and chew food. They help your child to develop proper speech patterns. They also help to provide your child with their adorable grin. In addition to these functions, the baby teeth also act as space holders for the adult teeth. Premature loss of baby teeth can result in alignment issues with the adult teeth.
The very first visit to the dentist should occur much sooner than most parents think. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, it is recommended that your child be seen for their first visit six months following the eruption of their very first baby tooth or no later than their first birthday. Early visits are crucial for ensuring the healthy development for your child and helping your child to become comfortable in our office.
Cleanings and Exams
Just like you, your child requires cleanings and exams every six months. Cleanings allow us to help further your child prevent the formation of cavities and other oral health issues. We can clean all surfaces of their teeth, including those that your child may miss during regular brushing and flossing. Exams are designed for us to monitor the growth and development of their mouth as well as detect early warning signs of oral health issues. With early detection, treatments are much less invasive, which can help to prevent much anxiety for your child.
Fluoride and Sealants
We understand that oral care can be difficult for children. Not only do they have a hard time properly brushing and flossing, but they may rush through their routine or try to skip out on it altogether. We can help your child to further prevent cavities with sealants and fluoride treatments. Sealants protect the chewing surfaces of molars, where buildup is likely to accumulate. Fluoride helps to strengthen the enamel so that it can effectively fight off acid attacks. In conjunction with good oral hygiene practices, sealants and fluoride can help to protect the teeth from decay and cavities.
The AAPD recommends that your child has an early orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7. This evaluation is crucial for detecting the presence of or predicting the likelihood of orthodontic issues. We can then create a treatment plan, including a treatment timeline, for your child that will help to ensure the development of a beautiful, healthy smile.
Helping your child to take good care of their mouth now will help them to develop good oral care habits that will last a lifetime. For more information, and to schedule an appointment for your child, call Beyond Dental and Implant Center today at (972) 591-7520.