Your child will always receive an age appropriate cleaning. If it is your child’s first time to the dentist or they are anxious, we feel it is important that perhaps spending extra time letting your child get used to the dentist and assistants and having someone new brush their teeth will help them. We will show them all the instruments and answer any questions they may have about their dental visit.
Fluoride has been proven to be one of many factors in helping prevent cavities. Your dentist will discuss with you your child’s risk of dental decay and develop an effective fluoride regimen that you are comfortable with. Along with the importance of the amount of fluoride a child is exposed to so it doesn’t cause problems as some websites proclaim. Fluoride has been used since the 1950’s on children’s teeth.
Sealants are thin protective resins painted on the chewing surfaces of the teeth to prevent food and bacteria from getting trapped in the deep grooves that can be hard to keep clean. Sealants are a great way to help prevent cavities. We like to call it “preventive maintenance.”
Oral Hygiene Instructions
During your child’s visit the dentist we will discuss proper brushing and flossing technique along with proper amounts of fluoridated toothpaste to keep your child safe. We will identify any areas that your child needs to work on with brushing and flossing and let them know if mom or dad still needs to help.
Diet is an important factor in cavity prevention. We will discuss dietary habits, any special dietary restrictions and come up with a plan to help you and your child make more dentally conscious choices. Usually it is not candy but what the child is drinking that often causes the most problems.
Pediatric dentists recommend children stop using a pacifier or sucking their thumb by age 3 to reduce (but not prevent) the likelihood that your child will need braces down the road. We will discuss ways to help make that transition as easy as possible.