Safeguard Your Child’s Smile with Preventive Dentistry

Fort Worth pediatric dentistYou would not allow your child to participate in any activity without the proper protections in place. Football with a helmet and pads is unthinkable; a day at the beach without sunscreen would be a huge mistake; and riding in a car without a seatbelt is not only unsafe, but illegal. But is the same consideration given when safeguarding your child’s smile? Your pediatric dentist has the answers that will help maintain your child’s smile, and more importantly their dental health.

Your kid’s dental care starts with the caregiver. When those first little teeth appear, your child needs help to keep them clean. A clean damp cloth can be used to wipe baby’s teeth early on.

Eventually an age appropriate tooth paste and soft bristle brush should be introduced. While you might meet with a little resistance initially (toddlers don’t comprehend how important this care is), making this a fun event can make it easier for everyone involved.

Around the age of twelve months, a first visit with the pediatric dentist is recommended. At this exam you will be able to ask questions about the dental care for your child as well as allow for a check of your child’s current dental health. 

In addition to brushing and flossing, there are additional steps that can be taken for the care and prevention of dental problems.

As your child grows, the need for daily dental care remains a critical factor to help them maintain excellent dental health. Supervise brushing and flossing until you’re confident your child is doing a good job, and performing these tasks daily.

Visits to the pediatric dentist must remain consistent. Your kid’s dental health will play a big role in their overall health as they age; and helping them to maintain healthy teeth and gums is critical to having a beautiful smile as well.

In addition to brushing and flossing, there are additional steps that can be taken for the care and prevention of dental problems. Fluoride is needed to maintain dental enamel strength. If you live in an area where fluoride is lacking through drinking water, your dentist can provide fluoride during cleaning appointments.

Dental sealants can help prevent dental decay; the sealant is applied to the surfaces of teeth sealing the areas of the teeth where decay often permeates.

Maintaining your kid’s dental health will be rewarded as your child grows. And as adults they will appreciate all the care you provided to keep their teeth and gums healthy.

Enjoy a More Natural Looking Smile with Tooth-Colored Fillings

childrens dentist fort worthThe tooth colored filling material known as composite resin has multiple uses. Bonding, cosmetic enhancements, and repairing dental decay are a few of the ways your children’s dentist will repair and improve your child’s appearance.

Chipped or severely stained teeth can be improved to make those dental maladies virtually disappear. For decades, cavities were filled with dental amalgam; a large amount of natural tooth was removed around the decay to make room for the silver filling material.

With today’s tooth colored filling material, much less of the biological tooth is removed to complete the repair. This allows the tooth to maintain strength and stability following treatment.

The resin material used in pediatric dentistry is plastic based and perfectly safe. There are no hazardous chemicals used to make or apply the filling material. It goes without saying that preventing the need for dental fillings is optimum. However, if dental decay is present, your children’s dentist will prepare the tooth and complete the procedure making it virtually impossible to detect.

The ideal age for a first visit with pediatric dentistry is twelve months. Your child will receive an exam and the parents have a perfect opportunity to discuss what they can do to maintain their child’s dental health.

Recommendations to help prevent tooth stain and dental decay would include brushing your child’s teeth with an age appropriate tooth paste and soft bristle tooth brush daily. Introduce flossing by gently flossing your child’s teeth daily.

Never put your child to bed with a bottle filled with anything but water. Formula, milk, and juice all contain sugar that could linger in your child’s mouth for hours. Just like with adults, sugars from food and beverages consumed can build on teeth leading to the formation of plaque.

Plaque build-up is a leading contributor to dental decay and gum disease. Ineffective or insufficient daily oral care can impact your child’s teeth. In addition to daily care, there are treatments that can help prevent dental decay.

The surface of your child’s teeth can be treated with a dental sealant. The sealant is applied to the surfaces of your child’s teeth sealing the areas of the tooth where decay is prevalent.

Your children’s dentist is available to treat whatever is needed to keep your child’s oral health as excellent as can be. To learn more, contact Fort Worth Children’s Dentistry at 817-569-6633 today.