Dental Cleanings and ExamsJust like adults, children require biannual cleanings and exams. With cleanings, we can eliminate all buildup from the surfaces of your teeth. In addition to eliminating plaque, bacteria, and other debris, we are also able to scrape away tartar, or plaque that has calcified and cannot be removed by brushing. We can effectively clean all areas of the teeth, including the ones that your child might not be able to completely clean on their own.
Exams are also important. We look over the surfaces of the teeth as well as the gum tissue, checking for signs of decay, cavities, physical damage, and gum disease. We can detect the earliest warning signs of these issues before symptoms even begin to appear. With early detection, we can provide your child with the treatment they need right away. This prevents more serious issues from developing, as well as the need for more invasive treatments, later on.
Fluoride and SealantsFluoride and sealants provide additional protection against the development of cavities. Fluoride treatments are applied following dental cleanings. A fluoride gel is painted onto the teeth and left there. The fluoride absorbs into the teeth, strengthening them to fight off the acid attacks that weaken the enamel and cause cavities.
Sealants are synthetic applications that are placed on the chewing surfaces of the molars. They effectively cover over the deep grooves and crevices of these areas, preventing food particles and bacteria from getting trapped. In addition to preventing buildup, sealants also help to make the molars easier to keep clean.
Orthodontic EvaluationsThe American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends an orthodontic evaluation by the age of 7. At this age, the baby teeth have begun falling out, and the adult teeth have started to come in. We can detect the presence of orthodontic issues and predict the need for treatments such as braces. With orthodontic evaluations, we may even be able to provide early treatment for your child, which can reduce the severity of later treatments or even eliminate the need for later treatment.
Mouth GuardsIf your child plays sports, particularly contact sports, wearing the proper protective gear is essential. Included in this protective gear should be a mouth guard. A mouth guard is designed to protect the teeth from damage, displacement, and avulsion. It also protects the intraoral tissues as well as the jawbone. We can custom create a mouth guard for your child, which will help to ensure are a proper fit and optimal protection.
What if My Child is Afraid?The dentist can be a scary place for a child. There are things that you can do to help alleviate their fears and anxieties. First, tell them about their appointment early so that they have time to prepare mentally. You can help them to understand what will happen at the dentist by reading books about dental visits or playing pretend. If your child is still afraid when they come into the office and are unable to relax or remain still, we may recommend sedation to help them relax. This will help to make the process easier and ensure their safety during their appointment.
With professional dental care, we can help your child to develop good oral hygiene habits that will ensure a happy, healthy smile for a lifetime. For more information, or to schedule an appointment for your child, call OHIOSmiles at (740) 439-2501 today.