Just like adults, children need their teeth cleaned regularly to prevent decay and other painful tooth problems. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends bringing your child to the dentist no later than your child’s first birthday.
Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease, ranking above asthma, early-childhood obesity, and diabetes. Severe tooth decay goes beyond pain. It can affect a child’s speech, sleeping patterns, eating, ability to focus and overall physical development. Plus, if a child loses a baby tooth early because of tooth decay, the surrounding teeth might shift into the empty space, causing tooth alignment problems.
Fortunately, tooth decay is largely preventable. Our offices at Towncare Dental have dentists that can meet your family’s needs and work with you to help keep your child’s smile healthy.
Here are some of the dental treatments for children that we provide.
Teeth Cleanings for Children:
Our experienced dentists and hygienists have a gentle way to remove cavity-causing plaque from your youngster’s teeth, so there’s no reason to dread going to the dentist.
Fluoride strengthens the surface of teeth to make them more resistant to decay. Consider it nature’s cavity fighter.
Our dentists might apply a sealant to those rear teeth in children, where brushing is especially tough for little ones. This thin plastic coating seals the little grooves on the tooth’s chewing surfaces, keeping food particles and bacteria from becoming trapped and causing a cavity. Sealants have become more prevalent among children ages 6 to 11 and can last for years. Your child won’t taste a sealant, and best of all, it’s painless to apply.
Even with preventive care, your child may still develop a cavity. Our dentists offer tooth-colored fillings to repair the hole in the tooth and keep your child’s smile bright.
Tooth-colored bonding materials can repair chips and small fractures to front teeth caused by any number of mishaps.
If your child develops a cavity too large for a filling, or has had a tooth break or crack, then our family dentists can install a tooth-colored crown to protect the tooth. The dentist also can place a crown on a tooth saved through root canal treatment. (Our dentists typically don’t want to remove a baby tooth unless it’s close to falling out naturally.)
If your child does lose a baby tooth because of dental decay, an accident, or another reason, then our kids’ dentists might place a space maintainer in your child’s mouth. This holds the space for the permanent tooth to grown in comfortably. It also can help with pre-orthodontic treatment.
If your child plays sports, the American Dental Association recommends he or she wear a mouthguard to protect the teeth, whether your child plays basketball, football, boxing, skateboarding, martial arts, field hockey, gymnastics, or wrestling. Although you can purchase a boil-and-bite mouthguard at most sports stores, our family dentists can create a custom-made mouthguard that’s more comfortable and protect your child’s teeth better. If your kids complain about wearing it, just remind them what it might feel like to have a tooth knocked out.
Emergency Dental Services for Children:
If you child chips a tooth, knocks a tooth loose, or knocks out a tooth, we’re here to help. Call one of our Towncare Dental offices near you in for emergency dental care.