Preventative Pediatric Dentistry

 

What is preventive pediatric dentistry?

Keeping your child’s teeth and gums healthy isn’t just a task that should start when they have a full set of teeth – it begins when the first tooth erupts. This is why it’s important to begin preventive care of your child’s teeth as soon as they begin teething. Healthy habits formed at the beginning of your child’s oral health journey mean more beautiful smiles and fewer dental procedures and bills.

Preventive dentistry is like going to the pediatrician for a checkup: the doctor is going to check to see that everything looks healthy, to catch any warning signs of potential illness, and to help make sure that you’re informed on how to keep your child healthy. Regular visits to your pediatric dentist for preventive appointments help keep your child’s smile healthy and beautiful – not to mention keeping expensive dental bills at bay.

Your child’s preventive dentist visits will entail checkups, cleanings, and screenings for gum disease. Southern Village Pediatric Dentistry is committed to your child’s visits being fun and educational, so we will help you and your child learn proper brushing and flossing habits, and will go over diets that keeps your child’s teeth and gums healthy.

In addition to checkups and cleanings, Southern Village Pediatric Dentistry also provides the following:

Dental Sealants

When children are young and still learning good brushing and flossing habits, it can be hard to protect the pitted and grooved surfaces of their teeth. This is especially true of their back teeth, which are the most prone to developing cavities. Sealants are a custom plastic protective cover to help keep plaque, tartar, and cavities from forming.

The procedure for sealants is quick and comfortable for your child. The application takes only one visit: the tooth is cleaned, conditioned, and dried; the sealant is administered to the tooth and hardened with a special light. The procedure is so quick, your child will be able to eat right after the appointment.

Fluoride Treatment

Even though you may have fluoride in your drinking water, fluoride treatments can dramatically help the health of your child’s teeth. Regular fluoride treatments are wonderful at preventing tooth decay as they encourage “remineralization” of the teeth – essentially, the treatment strengthens the weak areas of your child’s teeth. Exposure to fluoride is very important to children’s teeth as they form, so routine treatments are advised.

Mouth Guards

As children are anxious to run around, play, and engage in sports, so too are their teeth at risk for injury. Southern Village Pediatric Dentistry is pleased to offer construction of custom athletic mouth guards for teenagers to protect their teeth from serious injuries. For teenage patients that clench their jaws or suffer from teeth grinding, we also construct custom night guards.

Contact Southern Village Pediatric Dentistry today to set up your child’s preventive dentistry appointment

The time to start preventive treatment for your child’s teeth is as soon as possible. Please contact us for an appointment by calling 919-967-2773 or by filling out a request for an appointment.