Between their inexperience with brushing and their tendency to not always practice proper dietary habits, children are at a particularly high risk for tooth decay. If you don’t want to pull your little one out of school to deal with a cavity, it’s vital that you take them to Davis, Roberts, Boeller, & Rife at least twice every year for regular checkups and cleanings. Before you call to schedule your next appointment, you can read below to learn more about the child-friendly services we offer that help young smiles grow up big and strong.
The key to helping your child get the quality oral health care they deserve is to find a dentist they can be comfortable with; that way, you can be sure that their early experiences with the dentist will be positive ones. We’ll take the time to get to know your child and help them get comfortable in our office throughout the course of their first visit. After we have a chance to examine their mouths, we can let you know about any potential developmental problems we’ve found that could require early intervention.
A dental sealant acts as protection against cavities for children who are still developing their oral hygiene skills. It is usually placed on the adult molars as soon as they erupt. These teeth are often very difficult to clean thanks to the various nooks and crannies they contain that give harmful bacteria and food particles plenty of places to hide. Dental sealants will act as a barrier to keep the molars safe until your child is at a point where they can take care of their molars themselves.
If your child is on a sports team, it’s important for them to gear up properly so that they can stay safe on the field. Dental emergencies are often the result of sports-related accidents, which is why athletic mouthguards are so important. The mouthguards we provide will be personalized to fit your son or daughter’s unique smile as perfectly as possible. They will also last much longer than the mouthguards that you can buy at the store.
By making sure your child gets plenty of fluoride from an early age, you can ensure that their tooth enamel remains as strong and safe as possible. Silver diamine fluoride is a special kind of fluoride that is used to prevent cavities from forming on the teeth. It can also stop the development of cavities that have already formed, giving us a painless alternative to drilling. If your child is at a higher than average risk for decay, we can recommend a professional fluoride treatment during their next checkup.
A small band of tissue known as a frenum attaches your tongue to the bottom of your mouth. There are also two frena that attach the upper and lower lips to the gums. If any of these frena are overdeveloped, they could restrict your child’s mouth movements, which in turn could affect their development in numerous ways. A frenectomy is a quick surgical solution that will free up the gums and tongue, allowing your child to speak and eat normally.