Facts About Early Childhood Cavities

pediatric dentistry in Fort WorthParents are advised to start bringing their children for their first dental visit around the age of twelve months. Toddlers have just a few baby teeth, so why the need for such early intervention? Your kid’s dentist has several reasons why these visits should have an early start.

The first dental visit is more an informational exchange with a cursory dental exam for the toddler. The dentist may allow the parent to be present, even having the toddler sit on their parent’s lap for the child’s security and comfort. Over time, the child feels more comfortable in this atmosphere and the sights and sounds are not something they fear.

During this appointment, the dentist gathers information about the child, such as medical problems. The facts dispensed by the dentist provide information the parent needs to offer the utmost in dental care as their child grows. This information includes facts about fluoride needs, how to prevent dental decay, nutritional benefits, and how to stop or break oral habits that might impede the normal eruption of teeth. Decay prevention is not just about permanent teeth. The baby teeth require protection as they provide the basis for permanent teeth.

Parents with children with special needs (both physical and emotional) may be recommended to see someone in the field of pediatric dentistry. A pediatric dentist has undergone two additional years of training specifically in the needs of children. The dentist’s demeanor and even the office décor are geared toward treating youngsters.

The family dentist is certainly a great place to start. During the initial dental visit, parents are educated about dental decay and how it forms. Prevention starts in early stages … putting your baby to bed with a bottle of milk or juice can encourage plaque build-up leading to cavities. And keeping baby teeth healthy is critical to the health and formation of permanent teeth.

As baby teeth are lost and permanent teeth start to emerge, the child is totally comfortable seeing the dentist. And with the education gleaned over these earlier years, the child has also learned the importance of keeping their teeth as healthy as possible. Cavities occur from too many sugary snacks and beverages, lack of a proper daily oral hygiene regimen, and infrequent visits to the dentist for a thorough cleaning and dental exam.

Correcting dental decay is unpleasant; prevention is very doable. So call our practice today to get your child in for his or her first appointment!

Enjoy Safety and Convenience With Digital X-rays

children's dentist Tarrant county Digital x-rays offer many advantages that traditional radiographs don’t provide. Your children’s dentist can see immediate images for quick diagnosis of all dental problems, which means fewer minutes in the dentist’s chair.

Digital x-rays are also advantageous in the fact they can provide a much clearer image. With older x-rays, if the technician made a mistake in the development of the x-ray, it might be too dark or too light. Since digital imagery appears on a computer screen, the dental provider has the ability to modify the contrast to make it clearer and easier to read.

Exposure to radiation is drastically reduced. The radiation from one older x-ray is about equal to the exposure from a full set of x-rays taken digitally. This is critical, especially if the radiograph needs to be retaken to get a clearer view or a different angle.

If your children’s dentist refers the patient for pediatric dentistry, the ability to transfer x-ray images over the internet can be done in an instant. This means additional x-rays may not be needed, and both dental providers have a permanent record of the x-rays that can be stored in their computer files.

Having instant access to patient’s radiographs can be very important especially in the case of a dental emergency. In a few clicks of the mouse, the dentist can view essential dental x-rays.

Behind the scenes in many dental offices where older x-ray technology still is used, the patient cannot see the machinery and chemicals needed to process dental images. Digital eliminates the need for processing using smelly liquids that ultimately pollute the environment.

The little square image produced by older x-rays often lacks definition making diagnosis more difficult. Trying to show a patient what you’re seeing is virtually impossible. However, with digital radiography, the view is crystal clear and appears on a screen that can be enhanced with light, size, and clarity. Your dental provider can show you specifically what the problem is … no more wondering about what you’re seeing.

Digital screening can be performed externally providing a panoramic view of the patient’s entire dentition; or what most patients experience where images are taken of specific teeth.

The result means improved diagnostics taken in a safer manner. This offers a better outcome for the patient, dentist, and environment.

To learn more about the technology we offer in-house, call our caring and professional team today!