Even young children should visit the dentist on a regular basis for routine checkups and cleanings. By maintaining the health and integrity of their baby teeth (or primary teeth), children have a much better chance of avoiding serious issues with their adult smiles. Like adults, children should attend preventive dental visits at least twice every year, allowing the dentist to ensure the proper growth and development of their teeth, jawbones, and oral structures. As part of your child’s dental care, we also provide tips and education on how to encourage children to practice good hygiene at home.
Treatments Specifically for Kids
While there are many potential threats to children’s smiles, tooth decay and cavities are the most common. Tooth decay describes a progressive bacterial infection in your tooth structure caused by harmful oral bacteria. As decay progresses, it leaves a cavity, or hole in your tooth, that will continue to grow until the condition is treated. For children, the best way to address cavities is to prevent tooth decay from forming in the first place; therefore, many of our children’s dental treatments focus on successful prevention.
In addition to professional checkups and cleanings, we also offer child-friendly preventive treatments such as fluoride, which strengthens tooth enamel to withstand attacks from harmful oral bacteria. As a mineral, fluoride bonds to the surface of tooth enamel, which is made almost entirely of resilient mineral crystals. The dentist may also recommend dental sealants for additional protection. The thin layers of biocompatible acrylic help prevent food particles and oral bacteria from becoming trapped in the crevices of your child’s teeth. Together, fluoride and dental sealants can give children a significant advantage in the fight to prevent cavities.
Schedule Your Child’s Dental Appointment
Professional dentistry is an important part of caring for children’s smiles and ensuring good health for their smiles later in life. To learn more, schedule a dentistry appointment for your child or children by calling E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-764-1018. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, Gardner, and all surrounding communities.