Your child should begin coming in for check-ups and cleanings every six months starting after the first tooth emerges. Check-ups are essential to make sure the baby teeth are growing in properly, which in turn helps ensure that your child can speak and eat properly as well.
Cleanings are a standard part of every visit not just to ensure the health of baby teeth, but also to encourage the healthy development of the adult teeth. In addition to cleanings at our office, it’s important to maintain a regular brushing and flossing routine at home.
Dental sealants are clear or tinted plastic material that cover the chewing surfaces of the teeth, preventing bacteria from damaging the enamel and causing cavities. We recommend dental sealants on your child’s newly erupted adult molars.
Fluoride treatments will help protect both your child’s baby teeth, as well as the adult teeth that are developing. Since all mouths are different, the dentist will be able to determine when is the right time for your child’s fluoride treatment, and may suggest follow-up treatments if your child’s teeth are prone to cavities and decay.
In certain circumstances, a tooth cannot be fixed with fillings or a crown and must be extracted. During this procedure, the child is sedated in order to make the experience comfortable and completely free of pain.