Adults aren’t the only ones that benefit from routine dental care. Children also need dental care to keep their teeth free of common oral health issues, such as cavities. In today’s blog, we’re going to look at what kind of dental care children need.
Frequently Asked Questions About Children’s Dental Care
Question: Do kids need checkups?
Answer: Absolutely! Children need to see the dentist every six months, following their initial visit at around age one. During the exam, we look for signs of developing issues, including everything from cavities to misalignment. We then recommend early intervention to prevent these issues from growing worse and threatening their smile down the road. An additional benefit of these visits: Children a reduced risk of developing dental anxiety as they become familiar with the dentist’s office.
Question: Should a child undergo routine cleanings too?
Answer: During the same visit, we may perform a cleaning. We will use either a manual tool or an ultrasonic scaler to remove plaque from the teeth. Removing plaque protects the health of the teeth and gums by reducing the risk of cavities and gingivitis. In addition, kids enjoy brighter smiles and fresher breath.
Question: How do you prevent decay?
Answer: To help with prevention, we may recommend a fluoride treatment. We apply a varnish in minutes that strengthens a tooth’s natural defenses against cavities. We can also place a dental sealant onto the back teeth. The sealant creates a barrier so food cannot become stuck between the hard-to-reach rear teeth.
Question: Do baby teeth still need fillings?
Answer: Many parents assume that if the tooth is going to eventually fall out, then treatment for a cavity isn’t necessary. However, baby teeth can take months or even years to fall out, depending on when the child develops a cavity. Which means the decay can grow until the tooth becomes painfully infected or prematurely lost. Losing a baby tooth early can have a negative impact on misalignment, so always have a cavity treated in a timely manner!
Does Your Child Need Dental Care?
Dr. Lawson and our team are ready to help your child receive quality care and enjoy a healthier smile. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling our sleep dentistry office in Urbandale, IA, at 515-278-4366.