Children are very welcome at Fischl Dental Associates. In fact, many of our adult patients began their dental experience with us as children. We enjoy the relationships that are a part of seeing your entire family.
While we are seeing fewer cavities in most children compared with a few decades ago, it is still very important that children are seen regularly for dental examinations and cleanings. Small problems caught early are almost always easier, faster and more comfortable to treat. While baby teeth will eventually be replaced by adult teeth, it is important to take proper care of them, as they perform a very important role in maintaining orthodontic spacing for those adult teeth that will follow. Large untreated cavities in baby teeth or premature loss of baby teeth may lead to a shift in the bite that could lead to more complicated orthodontic issues.
For those children with severe or multiple decay issues, and for those children with challenging behavioral issues, we will recommend that the child see one of our wonderful, nearby pediatric dental specialists.
What Should I Expect At My Child’s First Dental Visit?
This depends on the age of your child. If your child has only a few of their baby teeth, we will gently clean their teeth and gums, Dr. Paul or Dr. Marie will examine their mouth to check on their oral development, and we’ll answer any questions that you may have about caring for your child’s mouth.
If your child is older and has most of their baby teeth, we will perform a cleaning to remove plaque and tartar, buff and polish your child’s teeth, and floss to ensure their mouths are completely clean. Then, the doctor will perform a comprehensive oral exam. Depending on the results of the exam, they may also recommend that x-rays be taken of your child’s mouth.
Fluoride Treatments for Kids – Reverse Tooth Decay And Prevent Cavities
If your child has minor tooth decay (sometimes called “soft spots”), we may recommend a fluoride treatment. This consists of a highly concentrated fluoride gel that is “painted” onto your child’s teeth. Fluoride has the unique ability to help teeth remineralize, and when it’s applied to a “soft spot” it can reverse the damage done by oral bacteria and acid, preventing the development of a cavity.
Dental Sealants – Prevent Cavities From Forming
Dental sealants consist of a liquid resin that is applied to your child’s rear molars. This resin hardens quickly and forms a six-month barrier that protects the teeth from bacteria and acid, preventing cavities from forming. We may recommend this treatment if your child seems prone to tooth decay, as it can help prevent cavity formation for up to 10 years. The process only takes a few minutes, and can usually be done after a standard six month cleaning and oral exam.
How Often Should My Child Visit The Dentist?
Your child should see the dentist every six months, starting from when they are 1 year old, or when their first teeth begin to erupt. Regular visits to the dentist will make your child more comfortable with the process of a dental appointment. It also allows our team to track your child’s oral growth and development more accurately, and ensure that your child’s mouth is healthy. To make sure your child’s mouth is healthy and developing properly, you should schedule an appointment at our office today. We look forward to seeing your child at Fischl Dental Associates! (847) 448-1684