When kids attend routine checkups and cleanings, we can help keep an eye on their smiles and safeguard them against common concerns, such as tooth decay. Pediatric dentistry can mean bright and healthy smiles for kids of all ages. In today’s blog, your Rochester, MN, dentist talks about the importance of regular pediatric dental care for children in our community.
When Kids Need Checkups and Cleanings
A dental exam every six months is important for kids as well as adults. While the first visit is a simple knee-to-knee lap exam at around age one, regular checkups and cleanings should begin at around age two. At this stage, we need to keep an eye out for cavities, and also watch for concerns that could lead to dent misalignment, such as complications with the arrival and loss of primary teeth, and the eruption of the permanent teeth. These routine visits also help kids understand the importance of caring for their smiles, and helps fight dental anxiety too. Along with a thorough exam using advanced digital technology, we will also clean the teeth. Using an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool, we will break up and remove all plaque and tartar to fight tooth decay and gingivitis.
Treatments to Avoid Tooth Decay
As part of your child’s routine six-month visit, we could also apply a topical fluoride gel to the surfaces of the teeth. Fluoride has been shown to strengthen the weakened portions of outer tooth enamel, which reduces the risk of tooth decay. This is why we also recommend kids use a fluoride toothpaste when they brush. In addition, we understand that the rear molars are often hard for kids to reach when they brush and floss, leaving this portion of the smile vulnerable to tooth decay. But with dental sealants, we can add a protective acrylic coating to these hard-to-reach teeth. The sealants then prevent cavities from forming as particles from our foods and drinks can no longer become stuck between them. The sealants then stay in place for years to come, as many as ten in some cases!
If we do find the presence of tooth decay, our team can place a filing that not only looks natural, but is safe for children of all ages. Our composite resin fillings stop toothaches and protect teeth from the onset of dental infection.
TALK TO YOUR ROCHESTER, MN DENTIST ABOUT PEDIATRIC DENTAL CARE
With routine dental care, children can enjoy optimal oral health for years to come. If you would like to find out more about protecting your child’s smile, or if you wish to book an appointment at our location, call Greenview Cosmetic And Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN at (507) 281-3659.