When it comes to dental challenges such as tooth decay and infection, children are just as susceptible as adults. To keep them in the best of health, it’s critical for little ones to start getting regular dental checkups and forming good dental habits at an early age. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that children begin regular dental visits at 1 year of age.
To help children avoid dental issues down the road, it’s crucial to establish regular preventative dental care. The good news is that lots of dental problems, including cavities, are easily prevented with proper care. At Brident, we can help your child stay cavity-free with preventative dentistry services that include routine dental exams and cleanings, treatment with fluoride varnish, and the use of sealants.
Routine Dental Exams and Tooth Cleanings
We recommend that your little one begin visiting us for regular dental checkups at 1 year of age, or when the first tooth comes in (whichever occurs first). Our children’s dental checkups take place every six months and include a thorough cleaning and professional examination to identify and prevent any cavities. Regular dental checkups also allow our pediatric dentists to spot and quickly treat any current or potential dental problems.
Although fluoride may be in the water they drink and the toothpaste they use, sometimes children don’t get enough of this vital mineral that helps prevent tooth decay. To make sure your child’s teeth are protected, Brident offers quick and easy treatment with fluoride varnish.
When your child’s molars come in, we can treat them with dental sealants. A sealant is made of a special plastic that coats the back molars to protect them from cavity-causing food particles and harmful bacteria.
Restorative Dental Care
Despite the best preventative care and oral hygiene, dental issues sometimes still occur. Our pediatric dentists can expertly treat your child’s decayed or injured teeth with restorative dentistry services including fillings, crowns, and bonding.
A cavity is a tiny hole in the tooth that’s caused when the enamel is eroded away. If your child gets a cavity, it must be properly cleaned and filled to prevent any pain or further damage. Our pediatric dentists can even use white fillings that naturally blend in with your child’s teeth if you choose.
Untreated tooth decay can sometimes lead to structural tooth damage. If this occurs, our pediatric dentists can fix the problem by placing a tooth-shaped cap (called a crown) over your child’s damaged tooth.
Children chip their teeth all the time. If this happens to your little one, we can restore the tooth to its natural appearance through bonding, a procedure in which a tooth-colored resin is applied.
We look forward to providing the youngest members of your family with the dental care they need to stay healthy and happy. If you have any questions about your child’s dental health, please contact Brident to make an appointment.