You already know how important good oral hygiene is for you. You brush and floss your teeth every day. You have your teeth regularly cleaned and examined. Did you know that your child needs the same care? In addition to brushing their teeth every day, they also require professional dental care. At Raptou Family Dental, we can provide your child with the care they need to keep their developing mouth happy and healthy.
The Importance of Dental Care for Kids
Your child, just like you, needs professional dental care, even if they only have baby teeth. The baby teeth may only be temporary, but they play several crucial roles in their mouth. They allow your child to eat a wide variety of foods. They help your child develop proper speech. They play a significant role in their adorable smile. Dental care helps to ensure that these teeth remain healthy until the adult teeth are ready to erupt. More on Dental Hygiene.
Cleanings and Exams
Your child should have their teeth professionally cleaned and examined every six months. With cleanings, we can eliminate even the most stubborn buildup from their teeth. We are also able to clean all areas of their teeth, including the ones that they might not be able to effectively clean on their own. This helps to prevent the formation of cavities and other serious oral health issues.
Exams are typically performed in the same appointment as cleanings. With an exam, we look over the structures inside the mouth. We take a look at their teeth and gums, checking for signs of physical damage, decay, and gum disease. Exams enable us to spot the early warning signs so that we can provide treatment right away. Typically, the earlier treatment is provided, the less invasive treatment needs to be. This can be especially beneficial for children who tend to be more anxious when it comes to dental care. Early care also prevents more serious issues from developing later on.
Dental X-rays are a very important part of helping your child maintain their oral health. X-rays show us the hidden areas of the mouth. We can detect cavities between the teeth and issues below the gum line, such as root damage, impacted teeth, and bone damage. They also allow us to monitor the development of the jaw and the development of the adult teeth.
Fluoride and Sealants
Children are typically more prone to cavities than adults. We can provide your child with additional protection with fluoride and sealants. Fluoride is a topical treatment generally applied following dental cleanings. After painting on a fluoride gel, the fluoride absorbs directly into the enamel. As it absorbs, it goes to work strengthening the enamel, allowing for more effective fight erosion from the acids produced by plaque and bacteria.
Sealants are a treatment designed to protect the chewing surfaces of your molars. These surfaces have deep grooves and crevices that can easily trap food particles and bacteria. Your child may have a difficult time effectively cleaning these areas of their teeth. Sealants, which are made up of plastic, are applied to the molars. They function to effectively seal the crevices of the teeth, preventing anything from getting trapped. They also help to make the teeth easier to clean.
Helping your child to develop good oral hygiene practices now is essential for helping them to maintain good oral health well into the future. For more information, and to schedule an appointment for your child, call Raptou Family Dental today at (614) 427-0449.