Diligent home care is important to your child’s oral and overall health. You should assist your child with brushing their teeth at least 2 times per day and flossing at least 1 time per day. Good home care, along with regular visits to the dentist, will provide a good foundation for a healthy smile that will surely last a lifetime.
Children should be seen by a dentist at the time their first tooth erupts or at least by their first birthday to make sure everything is developing properly, and that there are no cavities or other dental conditions present.
Metropolitan Pediatric Dental Associates, along with the ADA, recommend children and adults have their teeth cleaned and examined every 6 months. This is especially important for children, as their teeth, gums, and bones are still changing and developing.
Our comprehensive exams include examinations of your child’s head, neck, and mouth. We evaluate the growth and development of the oral cavity, and need for orthodontic care. We teach you and your child how to properly brush and floss, we discuss the importance of good oral hygiene, and we answer any questions you or your child may have.
We recommend most children have their teeth cleaned and examined every 6 months. A specific hygiene plan will be made for your child based on the findings of their examination.
Professional fluoride treatments are important to keep your child’s teeth healthy and strong. Fluoride treatments help protect your child’s teeth from cavities. We offer a variety of Fluoride flavors and techniques to suit any child’s preferences.
If you have well water, we may also recommend fluoride supplements for your child. Please let us know if your home does not have city water.
A sealant is a white coating brushed and cured to the chewing surface of your child’s teeth to prevent cavities from forming in the deep pits and grooves. A sealant is a non-invasive procedure that does not require any numbing agents to be used.
There are many advantages of digital X-rays over traditional dental X-rays. We can view the images instantly, and there is less radiation. We can enhance the images in a variety of ways to improve viewing, the images can be stored electronically for instant retrieval in the future, and we can avoid the chemicals used in the traditional developing process.
The best way to care for your child’s teeth is through prevention. Brushing and flossing can prevent dental cavities and diseases but cannot prevent trauma or injury. If your child grinds or clenches their teeth at night, we may recommend a night guard. If your child plays contact sports, we will recommend a sports guard to prevent injury to their teeth. If you believe your child could benefit from a mouth guard, please mention it at their next dental appointment.