Adults aren’t the only ones who need to see a dentist every six months for a general dentistry visit. Children can also benefit enormously from regular care. That’s because young children have similar but slightly different needs than adults do. Our services include:
- baby root canals
In addition to looking for signs of tooth decay or gum disease, our doctors will also keep a close eye on how your child’s teeth are developing. Diagnosing and treating developmental issues is an important part of providing general dentistry to young patients and to helping your little one develop a healthy smile that functions as it was intended.
Also included in your child’s visit with our general dentists will be a professional teeth cleaning. The purpose of a professional cleaning is to clear away bacteria and plaque buildup. These are the ingredients behind decay and gum disease, the two most common oral health conditions any patient can face. Through a professional cleaning, our team can offer young patients protection from these all-too-common conditions.
A general dentistry visit may also include X-rays and the use of dental sealants or fluoride supplements to give your child’s smile even more protection. X-rays provide us with important information about your child’s smile and will only be taken in certain cases. Meanwhile, dental sealants and fluoride supplements can help your child by providing extra protection for cavities going forward. Dental sealants provide physical protection for as long as 10 years while fluoride supplements are a more short-term solution. They encourage re-mineralization in areas of the tooth that have weakened.
Teaching Your Little about Brushing and Flossing
As part of our child’s regular general dentistry visit, our doctors would also be happy to talk to him or her about brushing and flossing. It’s important for children to incorporate brushing and flossing into their lives as soon as possible, because healthy habits like these will be beneficial at every stage of maturation. We recommend the following oral care regimen: Brush at least twice a day, floss at least once, and rinse with an antibacterial or fluoride mouthwash. With that kind of daily routine, our teeth and gums can stand up against cavities and gum disease, among other conditions.
Oral and Overall Health
The primary purpose of regular checkups is to monitor the health of your child’s smile. But having a healthy smile can also benefit your overall health as well. In studies, it’s been shown that a common oral health condition like gum disease can make patients more vulnerable to conditions in other parts of the body. That, again, is why it’s so important to help your child establish a routine of home care and regular visits early on. As your son or daughter establishes these regular habits, you can rest assured that they will enjoy good oral health as they grow into teenagers and then adults.
Is it time for your child’s next general dentistry visit? Our team is ready to help. Call us today to reserve an appointment. We can provide care for patients from Mesa, Tempe, Scottsdale, Chandler, Gilbert, and surrounding areas.
Children’s Pediatric Dental Sealants
Children have vulnerable smiles. That’s why our pediatric dentists encourage regular, six-month dental checkups. During your child’s appointment at Kidtastic, our experienced team can complete a thorough oral exam and professional cleaning, in addition to suggesting other services that might help your son or daughter improve and support his or her oral health.
One service our pediatric dentists recommend is dental sealants. Since the 1970s, dentists have been using dental sealants to help children enjoy a better oral health. Dental sealants work by physically protecting vulnerable teeth from decay-causing bacteria. Administering dental sealants is easy and, in many cases, is covered by dental insurance providers.
What Are Dental Seleants?
Dental sealants are a popular preventive dentistry service. They’re applied as a liquid and then dried or cured until they become a thin, plastic coating that physically shields vulnerable teeth. Once applied, you can expect your child’s dental sealants to last for as long as 10 full years. During that time, your son or daughter’s teeth will be more protected from bacteria and decay, leading to fewer problems with teeth that are vulnerable during a child’s earliest years.
The Dental Sealants Process
Treatment with dental sealants takes just a moment to complete and begins with an oral exam from one of our dentists. During your child’s appointment, we’ll be looking for deep pits or grooves that might become a hiding place for bacteria or food particles. Molars and premolars, which are at the back of the mouth, where a child can have difficulty brushing, are often the most vulnerable and will receive a lot of attention during the oral exam.
After completing an oral exam, our pediatric dentists will explain to you how many of your child’s teeth should be protected with dental sealants. Then, a special cleaning and etching solution will be used to prep the teeth. After about 15 seconds, the solution will be rinsed off, the surfaces of teeth will be dried, and the sealants will be applied. A special curing light will dry the sealants into their final form. From start to finish, an entire dental sealants procedure shouldn’t take more than 10 to 45 minutes.
Caring for Teeth with Dental Sealants
Despite how effective dental sealants are, your child’s teeth will still need regular care. That’s because dental sealantsonly protect the chewing surfaces of teeth, leaving areas that are still vulnerable to bacteria and decay. Because of this, regular six-month checkups are still important.
Do you want your child to have extra protection from bacteria and decay? Call Kidtastic today to reserve an appointment with one of our doctors. We offer a comprehensive array of services to meet the needs of our young patients.
Fluoride Treatments for Kids
Some children are more susceptible to cavities than others. To help, our pediatric dentists at Kidtastic offer fluoride treatments, a popular preventive dentistry solution. Fluoride treatments can be paired with regular checkups and cleanings to help your son or daughter enjoy extra protection against cavities.
Here’s how the process typically works. During a regular visit, one of our pediatric dentists will thoroughly examine your little one’s teeth to see what his or her needs are. Because children don’t know how to brush or floss as thoroughly as they should yet, protection from tooth decay is commonly an important need. Treatment with fluoride is quick and doesn’t involve any discomfort. There’s also nothing to apply or dry; it’s over in just a few seconds.
How Does Fluoride Help Teeth?
If you’ve ever wondered why most forms of toothpaste, and even most water supplies, contain fluoride, there’s a simple reason. Fluoride protects against decay by attracting important nutrients and minerals to teeth that have been damaged by decay-causing bacteria and acid. These nutrients and minerals will re-mineralize your child’s tooth enamel, resulting in stronger teeth that are better protected.
Where Can You Find Fluoride?
As we mentioned earlier, fluoride is an ingredient in most toothpastes and is commonly added to water. But not all water has fluoride in it. Bottled water typically doesn’t. That means children who get most of their water from a bottle may not be getting as much fluoride as they should. At Kidtastic, our pediatric dentists recommend drinking tap water over bottled water when possible to help keep teeth strong. You should also make sure that your child is brushing with toothpaste that contains fluoride. Most toothpaste at your local grocery store and pharmacy does, but that isn’t always the case.
Treating Teeth with Fluoride
The next time your child comes to our dental office for a regular visit and cleaning, one of our pediatric dentists will assess your child’s oral health and look for signs of vulnerability. If we find anything, our team can supply your son or daughter with a fluoride treatment. We may also recommend that your child use a fluoride mouthwash in between visits to give teeth an extra fighting chance.
In addition to both of these, our team can also talk to you and your little one about nutritional tips. Foods that are high in sugar and other carbohydrates trigger the certain kinds of bacteria to produce acid in the mouth, which is what causes the demineralization process that leads to decay. Encouraging a balanced diet will help your little one develop good eating habits and will lead to improvements in oral and overall health.
Is your child vulnerable to tooth decay? Talk to one of our pediatric dentists about supporting your little one’s oral health with fluoride treatment. It’s easy, and it only takes moment to complete. Call Kidtastic today to reserve an appointment.