We don’t just offer dental care for adults, we also provide treatment and preventive care for kids too. Regular visits are essential for helping kids maintain strong, bright, and healthy smiles. In today’s blog, your Rochester, MN, dentist talks about our approach to pediatric dental care for kids of all ages!
Common Oral Health Concerns
There are a number of oral health issues that can arise in childhood. Often, kids are vulnerable to tooth decay, and older children could be at risk for gingivitis too. If the baby teeth fall out too soon or late, this could alter how the permanent teeth arrive, leading to an increased risk of impaction and dental misalignment. Routine care helps prevent the issues from worsening, so kids enjoy good oral health. Regular visits also instill good oral hygiene habits, and make kids more likely to continue care in adulthood. This also reduces dental anxiety as they become accustomed to seeing the dentist.
Checkups and Cleanings
Just like you, children need to undergo routine exams and cleanings every six months starting at around age two. The checkup means we carefully examine the teeth with advanced technology every few months, so we can watch for common signs of trouble and take action to protect their smiles from cavities, infections, or misalignment. Our team also cleans the teeth during these visits, using an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual pick to gently remove all plaque and tartar from the teeth. This not only fights and breath and teeth stains, but helps keep tooth decay and gingivitis at bay as well.
Our team also offers preventive treatments to help lower the risk of cavities in little smiles. For example, during each checkup visit we will apply fluoride in a topical gel form to the teeth. The process only takes a minute or two, and helps strengthen the outer enamel to protect the teeth. We also help kids with difficulty reaching the rear teeth. By applying dental sealants to the molars, we have a layer of protection to prevent food and drink particles from becoming trapped between the hard-to-reach rear teeth. This lower tooth decay risk for years, as sealants can stay in place for up to ten years in some cases. They then wear away gradually with time, clinging the longest to the more vulnerable portions of structure. If you have any questions, give our team a call today!
TALK TO YOUR ROCHESTER, MN DENTIST ABOUT PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY
We’re ready to help children of all ages protect their smiles. If you would like to learn more about protecting little smiles or if you wish to book an appointment at our location, call Greenview Cosmetic And Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN at (507) 281-3659.