Pediatric Dental Services from Newborn to College

January 06, 2016
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Pediatric DentistAs a pediatric dentist, we encourage you to bring your child to our dentist office as soon as they have teeth. You can bring them in around one year of age and continue bringing them in through college. While they will probably be driving themselves, the encouragement of parents is incredibly valuable and makes it more likely that they will continue receiving dental care throughout adulthood.

Visit a Pediatric Dentist Early and Often

We recommend that you bring your children to our dental office twice a year for a dental examination and teeth cleaning. This allows us to remove the plaque and tartar from their teeth that got missed when brushing at home. We can teach your child how to brush and floss properly but even with their best efforts, it can be hard to reach every place within their mouth. This is where we come in. These regular appointments will help to prevent cavities and gum disease as they grow.

Preventative Care from a Pediatric Dentist

There are several things that we can do to help your child have excellent oral health that goes above and beyond traditional teeth cleanings. We can help to strengthen their teeth and reduce the likelihood of them getting cavities. This can be done by providing children with a fluoride treatment. This is a mineral that when applied to the teeth, helps to strengthen them. As a result, it becomes more difficult for acid to attack the teeth to the degree that creates cavities.  Statistically, these treatments reduce the risk of developing cavities by 30 percent.  Since the treatment is non-invasive, does not smell or taste, and is done within a few minutes, there is typically no opposition from children to receiving it. Another way that we can prevent cavities is to apply dental sealant to the chewing portions of children’s teeth. Dental sealant is a plastic like material that is gently brushed onto the teeth in order to create a barrier that prevents food and plaque from touching that portion of the teeth. A sealant can last for several years but we will inspect it during regular dental exams and teeth cleanings. This is an incredibly simple process that only takes a couple of minutes per tooth, yet the results are compelling, as our young patients suffer from fewer incidences of decay and toothaches.

Dental Care Does Not Stop in High School

As a pediatric dentist, we know that many parents are diligent about bringing their children to the dentist when they are young. Unfortunately, as they reach teenage years or go to college, dental care is often put on the backburner to sports, academics, and social activities. The challenge is that many college students see an increase in tooth decay and even gum disease. We attribute this to being away from home, eating food that is not as healthy, drinking lots of energy drinks and being less diligent with oral hygiene. As a parent, the best thing you can do is to bring your college student to the dentist during their winter and summer breaks.