Preventative Dental Care for Children
The Dental Specialists – Pediatric Dentistry provides preventative dental care for children of all ages in our Garland office. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that in order to prevent dental problems, your child should see a pediatric dentist when the first tooth appears or no later than his or her first birthday. It’s also recommended that your child gets a complete dental checkup every six months in order to prevent cavities and other dental problems. Having exams on a regular basis allows us to catch any developing issues before they become bigger, and possibly more expensive, issues.
Starting with your child’s very first dental visit, our office will regularly check their teeth, gums and tongue for any developing issues. At times, digital x-rays may be recommended to assist with the exam. If your child is under four years old, we’ll do a complete exam of your child’s teeth and gums, including a dental cleaning and fluoride treatment. If your child is four years old or older, we’ll do a complete exam of your child’s teeth and gums, including a professional dental cleaning using flavored cleaning toothpaste, a fluoride treatment and a set of digital x-rays.
As your child’s teeth begin to erupt, we’ll also perform a cleaning at each regular dental visit. Cleanings remove built-up debris from your child’s teeth that could otherwise irritate their gums and cause decay. We’ll also go over your child’s brushing and flossing habits, demonstrating the proper way to brush and floss, as it leads to cleaner teeth, healthier gums and happier patients and parents overall!
Our office places sealants on children’s teeth to help prevent future cavities. Sealants act as a protective barrier against food and bacteria, which can get stuck in the grooves of your child’s teeth and cause decay. Placement of sealants is simple, relatively pain-free and can last for many years. Sealants come in two colors, white or clear, and don’t change your child’s bite.
Our dental office highly recommends fluoride. Treatments are safe, quick and easy. Fluoride is a way to ensure that your child’s teeth are strong, and it also helps protect against cavity-causing decay.
Although many parents think that baby teeth are not important and are “just going to fall out eventually,” they’re actually an important factor in the eruption of our permanent teeth. While they’ll fall out eventually, it’s when they do that’s important. Baby teeth keep proper spacing in the mouth while permanent teeth develop and start to come in, ensuring that there’s an appropriate path for the actual eruption process. So, if your child loses a tooth early due to trauma or other oral issues, we may recommend a space maintainer to keep the spacing for the permanent tooth or teeth to come in.
Schedule an Appointment
Is it time your child had a dental exam? To schedule an appointment for preventative dental care in our Garland dental office, please contact us. A member of our courteous staff will confirm your child’s dental appointment as soon as possible. Please be sure to download our patient forms prior to your child’s first appointment and plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early. We look forward to seeing you and welcoming your child to our practice!