Your Redmond, OR, dentist recommends a routine visit for a checkup and cleaning every six months, for kids as well as adults! But what happens in a child’s checkup, and why are they so vital for children as young as age one? In today’s blog, we’re talking about how we help kids enjoy better oral health and brighter smiles!
The first checkup should happen within six months following the first baby tooth’s arrival, which usually happens at around age one. After this, a regular visit every six months is recommended. The checkup is a chance for our team to carefully examine smiles with advanced technology, watching for the earliest indicators of developing problems, like tooth decay or even gingivitis, as well as burgeoning misalignment. The earlier we identify a problem the sooner we can offer treatment! Remember, cavities in baby teeth need treatment because the tooth may not fall out for months or even years after that cavity forms, which means your child could develop a painful infection or lose the tooth prematurely if treatment is delayed. Other benefits of an exam include a reduced risk of dental anxiety, and a chance for the dentist instill good habits and help kids better understand their own oral health.
Cleaning the Teeth
We also clean the teeth during these visits. A dental cleaning means we carefully remove all plaque and tartar from the teeth. Plaque forms when harmful bacteria break down food particles, a process that coats the teeth in a sticky material. As the buildup hardens, it becomes tartar. Unless removed, this buildup could weaken tooth enamel, causing enamel erosion and a higher risk of tooth decay. For older kids, this could also inflame gum tissue and lead to gingivitis. A cleaning helps protect the smile, while also keeping teeth bright and breath fresh!
Fluoride Treatments and Dental Sealant Application
We also have two unique treatments designed to help protect little smiles from cavities. With fluoride treatments, we apply a special vanish to the teeth during routine checkups. The fluoride varnish helps strengthen the outer enamel and prevent cavities. We also have dental slants, a special acrylic coating we add to the rear teeth, the ones kids have trouble reaching when they brush and floss. This lowers the risk of cavities by preventing food from becoming stuck between the molars.
Do You Have Questions About Children’s Dentistry?
Our team would like to help people of all ages, from babies to adults, enjoy their best possible smile with routine care at home and in our office. To learn more about our approach to children’s dentistry, then schedule a consultation by calling Coppertop Family Dentistry in Redmond, OR, today at 541-923-5927.