Children grow up too fast! They start out wiggling across the floor and before you know it, they’re out the door. One day you’re surprised to see their first tooth and the next they’re smiling back at you as they grab the car keys and head for a friend’s house. To make sure that sweet smile is always healthy, your kids need proper children’s dentistry in Lansdale. The dentists and their team at Brookwood Dental Associates offer services designed especially for children from infancy through the teen years, because a foundation of good oral healthcare at a young age can be the key to a lifetime of healthy smiles.
Children need to see the dentist regularly just like mom and dad. Their first visit should be scheduled by the time they are a year old. After that, they will need dental checkups every six months. Just because primary teeth are all lost at some point doesn’t mean they don’t need proper dental care in the meantime. Baby teeth allow your child to speak and eat, and they are important placeholders for their permanent teeth.
Our main objective during your child’s first time in the office is to make sure they are happy and at ease. The dentist will examine their teeth for signs of decay and may order a digital X-ray in order to see how their teeth and oral structures are developing.
Special dental instruments will be used to clean their teeth, and we’ll talk with you about ways you can ensure good oral hygiene habits at home. If you have any concerns, please feel free to discuss them with the dentist.
Children’s teeth are obviously different than adult teeth. They have special oral health needs that change as they grow. Tooth decay is a daily battle, so we offer preventive treatments that include:
Dental sealants are a physical barrier between teeth and the oral bacteria that can lead to cavities. A liquid plastic coating is applied to molars—these teeth are most susceptible to decay. Once hardened, dental sealants dramatically reduce the risk of cavity development.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that has been shown to help strengthen enamel and fortify spots where it is weakened. With fluoride, teeth are better able to fight the onslaught of bacteria and acids that lead to decay. Fluoride applications at the dentist are a great supplement to the daily use of fluoride toothpaste.
As your partners in keeping your children’s smiles healthy, the dentists at Brookwood Dental Associates have a few ideas for oral health care at home.