Dental Care for Children and Teens
The mouth of your child or teen is continually growing and developing. To ensure it grows and develops properly, their mouth needs proper care. A major part of this care takes place at home, with regular brushing and flossing. However, this care at home is not enough. Tiny Teeth Pediatric Dentistry can help.
Cleanings and Exams
Cleanings and exams are an important part of oral care for your child or teen. Just like you, they should be done twice a year. Cleanings allow us to remove buildup from all surfaces of their teeth, including the tricky spots that they might miss. Once the teeth are scraped clean, they are polished to smooth, beautiful shine.
Exams allow us to monitor the growth and development of the teeth and jaws. They also enable us to spot any oral health issues, such as cavities and gum disease, in their earliest stages. By spotting issues early, we can provide prompt treatment that prevents the situation from growing worse, and avoids the need for your child or teen to undergo a more invasive procedure later.
Dental x-rays are an integral part of the healthcare record for your child or teen. x-rays allow us to better monitor the development the teeth and the jaws. We can spot potential developmental issues. They also allow us to monitor the development of the wisdom teeth and determine if they will be impacted. We use digital x-ray technology in our office, which greatly reduces the exposure of your child or teen to radiation.
We can help your child or teen to develop, and maintain, good oral hygiene practices at home. We can provide them with tips on how to better improve their brushing and flossing at home, and help them to understand the consequences of poor practices. We speak to children in a way that they can understand, and avoid using scary words like hurt and pain. For teens, we can talk to them about such issues as the effects of smoking, and what oral piercings can do to teeth.
Sealants and Fluoride
While cleanings and exams help to maintain a healthy mouth, when combined with good practices at home, some children and teens may have a more difficult time keeping their mouths clean. We can provide additional protective measures to help protect the teeth from the formation of cavities. One such treatment is fluoride. Fluoride helps to strengthen the enamel and protect it from the acid attacks of plaque and bacteria. We can also provide sealants, which cover over the deep grooves on the chewing surfaces of the molars. Sealants prevent food particles and bacteria, which can be difficult to remove from these spaces, from collecting.