Preventive and Restorative Care for Children
For the most part, general dental care is the same for adults as it is for children. The focus is on prevention, which includes education about good hygiene practices and sticking to a schedule of preventive checkups and cleanings. In addition, we can also suggest extra preventive measures such as fluoride treatments and dental sealants to offer enhanced protection against issues like cavities. During each exam, we’ll keep close track of the growth and development of your child’s teeth and oral structures, as well, so we can spot any changes or concerns as early as possible. For instance, if your child’s teeth being to grow out of alignment, we might recommend early orthodontics to correct them as soon as possible.
A Few Extra Preventive Measures
As your child’s smile grows, their primary (baby) teeth serve several important purposes. Developing the first tooth is a milestone, as are developing them all and losing them. Between each milestone, baby teeth help set the stage for the healthy development and eruption of their permanent teeth. If your child’s baby teeth become at-risk for cavities, for example, then the tooth decay, if not treated, could affect the permanent tooth structure growing underneath. To help prevent this, we may recommend one or both of the following:
Topical fluoride treatment
Tooth enamel – the protective layer that surrounds healthy teeth – is comprised almost entirely of minerals, such as calcium. Teeth replenish their own enamel’s mineral supply, but the layer can grow weak under constant attack from oral bacteria. As a mineral, fluoride can bond to your child’s tooth enamel and strengthen it faster, reducing the risks of a cavity developing before the enamel can regain its strength on its own.
Biocompatible dental sealants
Dental sealants – biocompatible layers of dental acrylic that protect your child’s teeth – are a more direct preventive solution. The layers can be carefully applied to the chewing surfaces of your child’s back teeth, preventing food particles and oral bacteria from gathering in the hard-to-reach areas. Dental sealants dissolve safely on their own and don’t require an additional visit to remove them.
Schedule a dental appointment for your child
After your child’s initial visit at the age of one, you should begin bringing them in for routine general care by the age of three. To learn more about preparing your child for a healthy smile, schedule a consultation by calling Dimples Family Dentistry in Norwalk, IA, today at (515) 256-1176.