Preventative Dental Care
Just like adults, children face a variety of dental challenges including tooth decay and infection. The best way for your child to avoid dental issues now – and in the future – is to start forming good dental habits at an early age. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that children begin regular dental visits at 1 year of age.
The good news is that many dental problems, including cavities, are entirely preventable. At Western Dental, we can help your little one stay cavity-free with preventative dentistry services including routine dental exams and cleanings, treatment with fluoride varnish, and the use of sealants.
Routine Dental Exams and Cleanings
Making a habit of regular dental checkups is one of the best things you can do for your children’s oral health. Ideally, your little one should start visiting us for regular dental checkups at 1 year of age, or when the first tooth comes in (whichever occurs first). We suggest scheduling dental checkups for your child every six months, including a thorough cleaning and professional examination to prevent any cavities or other dental issues from forming. Regular dental checkups also allow our pediatric dentists to identify and quickly treat any potential dental problems that may appear.
Flouride is a vital mineral that prevents tooth decay. Flouride may or may not be in the water your children drink or the toothpaste they use, so at Western Dental we offer a quick and easy treatment with fluoride varnish to protect your children’s teeth.
A dental sealant is a special plastic that coats the back teeth (molars) to protect them from cavity-causing food particles and bacteria. When your child’s molars come in, we can treat them with dental sealants to help them stay cavity-free.
Restorative Dental Care
Despite the best preventative care and oral maintenance, your child will likely encounter common dental issues and may need more advanced care for any severe dental issues. Don’t worry. Western Dental’s pediatric dentists can treat your child’s decayed or injured teeth with restorative dentistry services including fillings, crowns, and bonding.
A cavity is a tiny hole in the tooth that’s caused when its outermost layer (enamel) is eroded away. If your child does develop a cavity, it needs to be properly cleaned and filled to prevent any pain or suffering. Our pediatric dentists can even use white fillings that naturally blend in with the color of your child’s tooth.
When left untreated, tooth decay can lead to structural tooth damage, even in children. If this occurs, our dentists can place a cap (also called a crown) over your child’s damaged tooth.
If your child chips a tooth, we can restore the tooth to its natural appearance through bonding, a procedure in which a tooth-colored resin is applied.
We look forward to providing the youngest members of your family with the dental care they need to stay happy and healthy. If you have any questions about your child’s dental health, please contact Western Dental to make an appointment.