At Smile Kids! Pediatric Dentistry we make preventive dentistry a significant focus of our pediatric efforts. We think it’s better to stop your child from ever getting sick in the first place, so we offer an array of services designed to make sure their smiles never fade.
There’s no better prevention than regular visits to our office for routine dental check-ups and teeth cleanings. We follow the American Dental Association recommendation of a visit once every six months, the same as for adults. By getting to know you and your child, we can form a strong relationship that’s the foundation of making sure your child consistently gets the best possible oral care. By coming in regularly, we can watch for the spread of infection and recurring problems like frenum issues and bottle carries that can cause speech delays if not treated.
While fluoride can be found in tap water and all ADA approved children’s toothpastes, many children still do not get enough fluoride to help keep their enamel strong and prevent cavities. Like sealants, fluoride treatments aren’t for everyone, but teens are especially at risk for inadequate fluoride. Luckily, fluoride treatments are a quick, easy, and completely pain-free way to help make your teeth even stronger.
Dental sealants are a great way to help prevent cavities and can be an excellent option for children with the early signs of cavities. Sealants are a nearly invisible material that we apply to the surface of your teeth. After the sealant hardens, it essentially becomes an impermeable barrier to the sugars and acids that cause cavities.
Empowering your kids to care about their own teeth does not just take some of the responsibility off your busy hands, but gives them a solid foundation of dental health for the rest of their lives. Here at Smile Kids! Pediatric Dentistry we want to help you and your child learn how good dental hygiene can be both healthy and fun, so here are some quick tips to help your kids!
Sometimes getting kids to brush their teeth feels more like you’re off to war, but brushing does not have to be a point of contention. Here at Smile Kids! Pediatric Dentistry we have a couple of tips that we would like to share with you, to help your child learn to enjoy, or at least tolerate, brushing their teeth.
When you walk into the store to buy your child’s toothpaste, that wall of options can be a little intimidating. We here at Smile Kids! Pediatric Dentistry thought you could use a few tips when choosing what’s best for your child’s teeth.
Gum Disease Therapy
Known as periodontal disease, gum disease is something that afflicts both kids and adults. We check for this during every cleaning and exam because if left untreated, it can end up causing tooth loss! Gum disease usually happens when not brushing and flossing enough, so a simple way to stop this in its tracks is by making sure your child is brushing the recommended two times a day, two minutes each time.
Oral Cancer Screening
The threat of oral cancer in children is something that we take seriously. While it’s easy to detect with the proper instruments and exams, to the untrained eye, it can appear minor, nothing more than a growth or sore that doesn’t go away. But if left untreated, the cancer can spread throughout your child’s tongue, lips, and even throat before becoming life-threatening. That’s why it’s so important to make regular check-ups a part of your child’s oral healthcare routine. Screenings take only a few minutes, but they can be the difference between having cancer and being cancer-free.
Protect Your Child’s Teeth Today!
At Smile Kids! Pediatric Dentistry we want to give your child the healthiest teeth possible. Our excellent team of dentists can counsel you on what kind of preventive treatment plans would be best for your child’s unique circumstances. So give us a call today at (276) 663-0065 and let’s work together to keep your child safe and healthy!