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Pediatric Dental Care
Going to the dentist as a child can be scary. As a parent, it can be frustrating. We're here to help ease the process and start your child's first visit to the dentist off right.
What to Expect on Your Child's First Visit
The first dental visit is usually short and involves very little treatment. We will gently examine your child's teeth and gums. X-rays may be taken (to reveal decay and check on the progress of your child's permanent teeth under the gums).
We may clean your child's teeth and apply topical fluoride to help protect the teeth against decay. We will double check to be sure your child is receiving adequate fluoride at home. Most important of all, we will review with you how to clean and care for your child's teeth.
Helpful "First Visit" Tips
- Read books with them about going to the dentist, here's one of our favorites.
- Speak positively about your own dental experiences.
- Review what the dentist will be doing at the time of the first visit:
- Examine your mouth, teeth and gums.
- Evaluate adverse habits like thumb sucking.
- Check to see if you need fluoride.
- Teach you about cleaning your teeth and gums.
- Suggest a schedule for regular dental visits.
Why Pediatric Dental Care is Important
Baby teeth are important as they not only hold space for permanent teeth but they are important to chewing, biting, speech and appearance. For this reason it is important to maintain a healthy diet and daily hygiene.
Highly effective in preventing decay on the biting surfaces of your chewing teeth, dental sealants are a simple procedure in which a tooth-colored acrylic "coating" is painted onto the surface of the tooth. This effectively "seals" the deep grooves, acting as a barrier and protecting enamel from plaque and acids. Sealants protect the depressions and grooves of your teeth from food particles and plaque that brushing and flossing can't reach.
Easy to apply, sealants take only a few minutes to seal each tooth. Sealants hold up well under the force of normal chewing and can last several years before a reapplication is needed. Children and adults can benefit from sealants in the fight against tooth decay.