Caring for your child’s teeth starts at an early age. Unbeknownst to many parents, taking your child to the dentist for routine dental visits is just as important as caring for adult teeth. In fact, having a healthy set of primary teeth will prepare a child for healthy adult teeth.
Additionally, scheduling routine dental cleanings and exams will help prevent diseases, avoid tooth decay, maintain oral health, and help establish a good relationship with their dentist – thus making it easier for them to willingly have their teeth cleaned and checked.
What To Expect
At Larson Dental, we recommend bringing your child every six months for biannual dental checkups. While at our office, our Prescott Valley dentists will examine your child’s mouth including the teeth and gums. Dr. Larson will look for any signs of infection, disease, or abnormalities such as malocclusion and will proceed in cleaning their teeth as well as flossing and checking for cavities.
Treatments and Prevention
In order to help prevent tooth decay or cavities, our Prescott Valley dentists will take an x-ray of your child’s mouth to get a better insight into the state of their mouth. A dental x-ray will be able to identify:
- Problems beneath the gums
- Cavities between the teeth
- Cavities that have either decayed or rotted
Depending on the condition of your child’s teeth, fluoride treatments may be recommended in order to help prevent the development of cavities in healthy or at risk teeth. Fluoride treatments can be done in a few minutes and consists of using a natural mineral that makes the teeth stronger and better able to help in cavity prevention.
Importance of Dental Care
Dental care is extremely important and if started at a young age, can help prevent tooth decay. With the absence of infections and diseases in your child’s mouth they’ll be able to enjoy their childhood painlessly and reap the benefits of a healthy mouth as teenagers and adults.
Establishing good dental hygiene habits, such as brushing and flossing, on a daily basis as well as frequently visiting the dentist will help ensure that their teeth remain strong and healthy as they grow.