Preventative Treatments – Dentistry for Children
Preventative Treatments for Children
When it comes to oral health, prevention is key. While our team can certainly repair damaged or decayed teeth, we prefer to avoid those problems to begin with. Preventive dentistry for children can give your child his or her best chance for healthy teeth and gums, and a lifetime of optimal oral health habits.
Routine Examinations and Cleanings
Regular dental cleanings and examinations are important for everyone. Starting this routine early will instill healthy habits for your child. As soon as the teeth erupt, they must be properly cared for. Many parents assume that baby teeth are not all that important. On the contrary, your child’s baby teeth serve many purposes. Not only do they assist your child in proper chewing function, they also help develop normal speech patterns. In addition, they “hold space” for the permanent teeth that will come in down the road. Therefore, it is important to take care of your child’s teeth through routine dental examinations and cleanings. Our dental hygienists can remove plaque, food, and debris for a healthy smile, and our dentists can monitor your child’s oral health throughout the crucial developmental years. Our team is well-equipped to handle the delicate needs of our younger patients, and we strive to create a welcoming, fun, and friendly environment.
In order to properly assess your child’s dental health, x-rays will sometimes be necessary. Patient safety, especially in dentistry for children, is a top priority; therefore, we utilize digital diagnostic imaging, which minimizes the amount of radiation emitted.
Sugary and starchy foods can break down the protective layer of enamel on the teeth. This process is known as demineralization. When this occurs, the teeth are more vulnerable to cavities and damage. Professional fluoride treatments can re-mineralize the outer layer of enamel, strengthening your child’s teeth for a healthy smile.
Back teeth can often have deep grooves or fissures in the chewing surfaces. These hard-to-reach areas can harbour food and bacteria, making the teeth more susceptible to decay. Dental sealants can effectively shield these areas from debris, preventing plaque buildup and decreasing the risk of cavities. To do this, a clear plastic coating is simply painted onto the teeth surfaces. Dental sealants are intended to be a supplement for proper oral hygiene and should never be used in place of brushing and flossing.
Restorative Treatments for Children
What if your child has already developed a cavity? We can address these issues through treatments in restorative dentistry for children, such as dental fillings. Once decay starts, it continues to worsen until the condition is treated. Therefore, it is important to bring your child in for an appointment right away if you suspect he or she may have a cavity. If decay is diagnosed in the early stages, it is much easier and less invasive to treat.
Learn more about dentistry for children
If you would like to find out more about the dental services we provide for children, schedule a consultation at our Fort Saskatchewan, AB dental office. We can help you determine a dental plan that is right for your child. You can contact us online or call our office at 780.998.7165.