Your Child’s First Visit To The Dentist
The first “regular” dental visit should be just after your child’s first birthday. This first visit is usually short and what we call a “meet and greet.” Very little treatment is actually done. We help get your young child used to a dental chair and create a friendly and positive environment so they are not afraid of the dentist.
Prevention of cavities for your child
Sealants are easily placed and are very effective at reducing decay. They are placed on the chewing surfaces of teeth in the back of the mouth (molars and premolars) to protect against decay. Sealants have been shown to reduce dental decay by 87% in the first year and by 60% for 4.5 years after they are initially placed.
Fluoride is used to strengthen teeth and reduce the risk of developing dental decay. When used as a topical agent, Fluoride actually has the ability to help remineralize areas of the teeth that have begun to decay. Fluoride is found in toothpaste and can be applied in higher doses as a varnish by your dentist. Children are often prescribed fluoride pills when town water has not been fortified with fluoride.
Athletic mouthguards are worn to protect the teeth and reduce the risk of concussion during athletic activity. Custom mouthguards are form fitting to the teeth giving them a better ability to remain in place and make it easier to breathe and speak while playing sports.