In Children Dentistry, our staff spends a great deal of time explaining to your child what can be expected during the treatment in each visit.
During each visit, our staff spends a great deal of time explaining to your child what can be expected during the treatment. This is done in a very positive way to help the child feel comfortable, and to give him or her some control over what will be happening. You can help us make this next visit a successful and positive experience by working with us to accomplish this goal.
Your children’s baby teeth are important. Children need strong, healthy teeth to chew their food, speak and have a good-looking smile.
Baby teeth also help to keep a space in the jaw for the adult teeth. If a baby tooth is lost too early, the teeth beside it may drift into the empty space. When it’s time for the adult teeth to come in, there may not be enough room, causing the teeth to be crooked or crowded.
Severe infection in the baby tooth can also damage the shape and color of the adult tooth that is forming just below the baby tooth.
Children can start to get cavities as soon as the first teeth emerge. It is very important that the first dental visit is pleasant and not anxiety-producing. Going to see the dentist only when the child has problems, does not allow this as the child will then associate the dental clinic with fear and pain. This makes any further treatment difficult.
Sealants are special plastic coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, where cavities usually begin. Applied by a dental professional, sealants form a barrier that keeps food and bacteria out of tiny grooves on the tooth enamel, places where toothbrush can’t reach.
Inspect your child’s teeth regularly for white, yellow, or brown spots, which can be signs of decay. Also, if your child has a toothache or feels pain when eating hot, cold, or sweet foods, a cavity could be the cause.