When your child has a regular oral care routine, their chances for developing dental problems are significantly lower. While it can be difficult to avoid all cavities, All About Kids Dentistry is fully dedicated to helping your child perfect their brushing and flossing, protecting them with preventive proven services, and making sure that they can lead a happy and healthy life. To set up their first appointment, give our office a call today!
When your child is first beginning their oral care routine, you might be wondering how you can help them in the best way possible. Whether you want to be extra cautious or your child is dealing with tooth decay, we can apply a quick layer of dental sealant to their most vulnerable teeth. This composite resin material seals teeth (typically molars and premolars) away from debris and bacteria once cured, making it easier to perform brushing and flossing for younger patients.
While adults are known for teeth grinding and clenching their teeth, children are susceptible to this condition as well. However, the implications are even more concerning since their teeth are still in the development phase. To protect their baby and permanent teeth from bruxism, our office can create a customized oral appliance that is worn as they sleep. With regular use, you can help them avoid breakdown of their enamel and jaw discomfort, two symptoms that typically occur due to bruxism.
One of the most important minerals for your oral health is fluoride because of how it works to protect and strengthen tooth enamel. While fluoride can be found in public drinking water, certain foods, and in the oral care products you provide your child, it’s also available in our office! The only difference is our fluoride therapy is much stronger and designed to last longer than what you find over-the-counter. We generally perform fluoride therapy once every 6 to 12 months depending on your child’s needs.
Finding a set of oral care products that your child will use is just as important as helping them use those products. If they don’t enjoy using their toothbrush, toothpaste, or floss, it’s going to make routine dental care far more difficult. All About Kids Dentistry is happy to help parents find a product their child enjoys. We currently recommend ACT mouthwash, Colgate Kids toothpaste, Tom’s toothpaste for those with dental sensitivity, and other fluoridated toothpastes based on their preference.
At a young age, it’s considered normal for a child to rely on certain habits to help them relax. This may include thumb-sucking, digit-sucking, or using a pacifier. However, if they are still performing this habits at the age of 4 or later, it can start to negatively affect their development. Don’t worry, our team is highly trained to help children break these habits, protecting their smile and its growth. This may include motivating them with positive incentives to avoid digit-sucking and other techniques.
Your child’s teeth matter, but they are not the only aspects of their oral heath you’ll need to keep in mind. Their gums are also important for keeping their teeth protected and in place. In fact, chronic gingivitis is more common in children than you’d initially think. During your visit, we’ll discuss the risk factors that can make gum disease more likely, how you can best prevent gum disease in your child, and personalized treatments to address gum disease if it’s already present.