Looking for a dentist for your kids? We understand how important a healthy smile is, and we want patients of all ages to enjoy a bright and beautiful smile. We can help children from infants to teens, addressing common oral health concerns, such as misalignment or tooth decay. Interested in our treatment and approach to children’s dentistry? Find out more in today’s blog!
Dental Sealants and Fluoride Treatments
We can apply a fluoride varnish to the teeth in just a few minutes. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that can strengthen tooth enamel and help protect teeth from the onset of tooth decay. The same material is also found in our tap water, which is why drinking water is also important for maintaining good oral health.
Dental sealants are a special plastic coating we apply to the rear molars. These teeth are often tough for kids to reach when brushing and flossing, which allows food particles to remain trapped between them. The sealants prevent this from happening, safeguarding little smiles against cavities.
Fillings and Early Orthodontics
If your child develops decay, we can often place a composite resin filling. The filling will be metal-free and blend with the smile. Remember, even though baby teeth do eventually fall out, you should still have a cavity treated. Ignoring the issue could allow an infection to occur, leading to pain and premature tooth loss. Premature tooth loss alone can increase the risk of misalignment.
We can also discus early childhood orthodontics, which can guide the development of the teeth and oral tissues, improving the bite, and reducing the need for braces later in life. Treatment can also help ensure your child enjoys a more even and attractive smile.
In some cases, children have a large lingual frenum, the connective muscle on the bottom of the tongue that connects to the bottom of the mouth. The resulting limited tongue movement can lead to array of problems with speech, nursing, and even oral hygiene. Fortunately, we can use an advanced soft tissue laser to reduce the size of the lingual frenum. The laser ensures a comfortable procedure with no need for anesthesia.
Do You Need Children’s Dentistry?
Dr. Lawson and our team can help your kids enjoy healthier smiles with an array of treatments designed to address common childhood oral health issues. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling our sleep dentistry office in Urbandale, IA, at 515-278-4366.