Protecting Your Child’s Teeth
Preventive dentistry is especially important for children. Instilling excellent oral hygiene practices and a good diet at an early age will better prepare your child for a lifetime of dental health.
Considering that children's permanent teeth are still forming, dentists take extra measures to ensure your child enjoys a healthy smile:
Fluoride Treatments -- Fluoride strengthens teeth and prevents tooth decay. Fluoride treatments are provided in-office, and dentists recommend using fluoride toothpaste when brushing. The addition of fluoride to our public water supply has helped reduce dental caries by up to 40% over the last 60 years.
Dental Sealants - Dental sealants are a clear or white plastic coating placed over the back teeth to prevent dental plaque from forming on the surface.
Orthodontic Braces -- A malocclusion can make it difficult to eat or speak, and crooked teeth are hard to keep clean. Correcting a child's bite with dental braces limits the possibility of dental problems as an adult.
Mouthguards -- Ask your dentist about a dental mouthguard for your child to wear during sports activities. A custom-made mouthguard provides better fit and protection against a broken tooth than over the counter models. Mouthguards are also used as a treatment for bruxism, which is teeth grinding.
At-Home Care -- Children probably won't understand the long-term effects of bad oral habits. Parents should assist their children with brushing and flossing until they are able to do it on their own, and avoid putting their baby to bed with a bottle to prevent baby bottle tooth decay.
When practiced consistently, preventive dentistry can prevent pain, save money and prepare children to keep their teeth for a lifetime. And considering that oral health is linked to overall health, preventive dentistry can keep dental diseases from affecting your child’s well-being long after they’re grown. So if you don't already have an established preventive dentistry program, get started today -- it's never too late to improve your child’s dental health.
We proudly treat Children with Autism
Going to the dentist can be hard for many children, but especially difficult for children with autism spectrum disorder.
Autistic children and their families are frequently confronted with many challenges in creating and maintaining good dental health – including difficulty with changes in routine, restricted diets, sensitivity to certain sounds and lights, and limitations on manual dexterity leading to difficulty brushing. Children with autism may also have cognitive delays which also poses difficulty at the dentist office when trying to explain dental procedures to the child.
We know that every child is different. What works for one child may not work for another. Our goal is to share information so that you, as a parent or guardian, can make the decisions that are best for your child. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have additional questions about our treatments for patients with special needs.