Without routine care from your Omaha, NE, dentist, your child’s smile could develop a cavity or other oral health concern that threatens the stability and health of the smile. In today’s blog, we’re going to cover preventive care, from exams and dental cleanings to our fluoride treatments and dental sealants. Find out how we protect little smiles from cavities.
Checkups and Cleanings
Like adults, children need to see the dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings about once every six months. The first visit should happen in the six months after the first baby tooth erupts. Afterward a regular visit is recommended, as we can monitor the smile a it grows and develops, identifying common problems in the earliest possible stages, such as tooth decay, misalignment, and gingivitis. The cleaning portion enables our team to remove all plaque and tartar from the teeth, which brightens the teeth, provides fresher breath, and limits the risk of gingivitis and tooth decay. Being able to offer fillings and other treatments to address problems in the early stages means limiting the risk of infection, premature tooth loss, and poor alignment. We can also discuss proper brushing, flossing, and healthier diet options to help you and your family make better choices of your oral health and prevent the onset of cavities.
Fluoride Treatments and Dental Sealants
We can also provide two preventive treatments designed to limit the risk of cavities developing in little smiles. The first is the fluoride treatment, which involves applying a special varnish to the teeth, which only takes a few minutes. Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral that helps strengthen the outer, protective layers of tooth enamel. We apply the varnish during routine checkup and cleaning visits twice a year. Since the rear teeth are difficult for kids to reach when they brush and floss, we can apply a dental sealant. This plastic coating covers the back teeth and prevents food particles from becoming stuck between them, lowering the risk of cavities. Application is simple and the sealants stay in place for years, wearing away gradually with time. We can always reapply in future visits as needed. If you have any questions about protecting little smiles, then please contact our team today. Talk to our team to learn more, or to schedule your next visit for you and the entire family!
Schedule Your Child’s Visit
We’re here to help kids of all ages enjoy healthy and bright smiles for years to come with our routine visits, cleanings, fluoride treatments, and dental sealants! To learn more about children’s dentistry, schedule a consultation by calling Pacific Hills Dental in Omaha, NE, today at (402) 330-2243. We also serve the residents of Papillion, Elkhorn, La Vista, Millard, and all surrounding communities.