Taking care of teeth is one important aspect of keeping yourself healthy. Dentists will always share the same basic advice for maintaining your teeth’s excellent health and appearance: Brush and floss your teeth regularly to prevent tooth decay, pay a visit to your dentist at least twice a year, avoid using your teeth for opening or tearing things, steer clear of foods and beverages that can cause stains. Can you see we have a passion for healthy teeth?
Dental care for children, however, will be relatively different. In fact, ensuring that children’s teeth receive excellent dental care is even more important. Your trusted family dentist can explain how extra assistance and attention is required in looking after your kids’ teeth. Visiting the dental clinic — not to mention having to sit still in a chair while someone peers inside their mouth and uses different tools — can be a strange and even frightening experience for them, so it helps to find a professional who can expertly meet the needs of your whole family.
Pediatric dentistry includes using dental sealants to help prevent cavities and tooth decay on a child’s back molars. This is a proven preventive treatment that works by applying a thin acrylic coating over the teeth and allowing it to harden, which keeps out unwanted bacteria and plaque that could otherwise harm the teeth.
Additionally, using fluoride applications to strengthen your child’s tooth enamel is extremely helpful in preventing decay. This involves applying fluoride directly to the teeth—it will bond the enamel and help keep teeth strong and healthy, it could even reverse decay.
Many of a kid’s dental problems are the same ones affecting adults, but as children’s teeth are still developing, untreated dental conditions can cause poor and misaligned tooth development, leading to a more serious problem as a child grows up.
Some of the most common issues with children are:
Dental space maintainers are devices used to keep enough space open for permanent teeth to grow in after baby teeth are lost prematurely. One primary function of baby teeth is to hold the space for adult teeth to grow in correctly. When a baby tooth falls out prematurely, it can cause the adult teeth to grow in crooked, which is why we provide space maintainers. The gap that exists after baby teeth fall out and adult teeth come in can lead to expensive problems down the road.
Typically, the body is good at maintaining enough space, but every case is different. Contact our office for a consultation if your child has lost a tooth prematurely.
If you have additional questions about pediatric dentistry, please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further.
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