Did you know that we offer care for the entire family? Our team can help children and adults alike enjoy good oral health. In today’s blog, your Katy, TX, dentist talks about the treatments we offer to help children’s smiles stay healthy, strong, and bright for years to come!
Checkups and Cleanings
Kids need to see us for a routine exam and cleaning visit every six months, usually starting at around age two. These visits help kids better understand the importance of good oral hygiene, and limit the risk of dental anxiety. We also have a chance to watch their smiles as they grow and develop, identifying areas of concern quickly and treating them, such as cavities, gingivitis, or factors that could cause misalignment. Our team will then clean the teeth, a process that involves thoroughly removing all plaque and tartar from the surfaces of the teeth. A dental cleaning helps lower the risk of tooth decay and periodontal concerns, and also offers brighter teeth and fresher breath too.
During each checkup visit, our team will also offer a fluoride gel to help protect the smile from the onset of tooth decay. This naturally occurring mineral has been shown to attach itself to weakened portions of tooth structure and remineralize them, protecting smiles from future cases of tooth decay. We apply this in a topical gel form and kids then need to avoid eating or drinking for 30 minutes as it cures. In addition, be sure your children use fluoride toothpaste, with a pea-sized amount for kids three and older and a rice-sized amount for kids three and younger. Encourage them to drink water too, as your tap water likely contains fluoride to help strengthen outer enamel.
Our team can also safeguard the hard-to-reach rear molars, which are often difficult for kids to reach when they brush and floss. As a result, these tend to be vulnerable to tooth decay, as food particles can remain trapped between them. However, with dental sealants we apply an acrylic coating to these teeth, a process that only takes a few minutes. The layer keeps food and drink particles from being stuck on or between these teeth, significantly lowering the risk of cavities. The layers wear away with time, but can often stay in place for up to ten years.
If you have any questions about our approach to family dentistry, then contact our team today to learn more.
Your Katy, TX, Dentist Provides Family Dentistry
Our team wants to help you enjoy optimal oral health, for yourself and your kids as well. Call Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX at 832-437-3849 for more information on our approach to family dental care, or to schedule your appointment.