Children of all ages benefit from early care, in which we start the process of examining and cleaning smiles at a young age, and instilling good oral habits. Did you know that children as young as age one benefit from routine care? Let’s talk about children’s dentistry, when to bring your kids to our office, and what care you should provide at home!
The First Checkup
When that first baby tooth arrives, your little one is ready for his or her first dentist visit! This should happen within the first six months of the initial baby tooth’s eruption. During this visit, we will examine the smile to see that teeth are erupting normally. We will then schedule a follow-up. Remember, as soon as a tooth arrives, routine care is crucial for avoiding the onset of tooth decay. Yes, even babies and toddlers could develop painful cavities, but we’re here to help you and your family enjoy optimal oral health, which means bright smiles free of cavities!
Usually by age two kids are employing routine six-month visits for checkups and cleanings. During these visits, we can instill good habits, discussing the proper ways to brush and floss, as well as healthy snack and drink options to protect smiles of all ages. Studies have also shown that kids attending routine visits tend to take better care of their smiles and enjoy a noticeable reduction in dental anxiety.
The checkup allows our team to watch for the warning signs of cavities, often treating them before little ones even experience aches or sensitivity. We also watch for signs of developing misalignment and gingivitis, and making sure baby teeth fall out on schedule and permanent teeth arrive as expected, to help your children enjoy a straighter and healthier smile. The cleaning portion then allows our team to remove all plaque from the smile. A bacterial byproduct, plaque increases the risk of cavities and gingivitis. Fortunately, a cleaning can remove this buildup, allowing your little ones to enjoy optimal oral health!
Preventive Treatments and Restorations
We may discuss preventive treatments, such as fluoride varnish and dental sealants, to limit the risk of cavities for little ones. If a cavity does form, a minimal restoration, also known as a dental filling, can treat the issue in one visit. If you have any questions about our approach to children’s dentistry, then contact your El Paso, TX, kids dentist today!
TALK TO SUNNY SMILES IN EL PASO ABOUT CHILDREN’S DENTISTRY
At Sunny Smiles in El Paso, TX, our team is ready to help your little ones enjoy optimal oral health. If you have questions about our approach to kids dentistry, or if you want to set up an appointment, you can reach our East El Paso dental practice on 10039 Dyer St., at 915-859-7000!