Preventive dental care is an essential part of your child's dental care. It is aimed at preventing or treating dental problems before they occur. A routine dental visit helps detect dental problems in their initial stages when it's easy to treat them.
The American Dental Association recommends that children visit the dentist for their first visit within six months of the eruption of their first tooth or by their first birthday. This visit will establish their oral health baseline and allow for prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment.
At Christensen Dental, we provide preventive dental treatments to help keep your child's teeth, gums, and mouth healthy.
At Christensen Dental, we provide several types of preventive dental treatments for kids that include:
A dental cleaning removes plaque and tartar buildup from the surface of teeth, helping to keep cavities and gum disease at bay. Regular dental cleaning will also help your child get used to going to the dentist's office.
Dental x-rays are used to detect issues such as cavities, cysts, infections, teeth discoloration, impacted teeth, jawbone deterioration, etc., at an early stage. They also help us get a better view of the oral cavity to make a more accurate diagnosis.
Dental sealants are one of the essential preventive dental treatments for kids. They protect the teeth from decay and damage by sealing over the deep grooves in the enamel. This prevents food particles and bacteria from getting stuck in the teeth and causing cavities.
Fluoride treatment is done to replenish the level of fluoride present in the enamel to strengthen it against cavities and abrasion caused due to chewing food and beverages. The treatments are often recommended for children, but they can be beneficial for adults as well.
Tooth-colored fillings are made from ceramics or composite resin that match the appearance of your child's natural teeth perfectly and are used to fill cavities caused due to tooth decay or injury.
Besides correcting alignment issues that make teeth crooked, orthodontic treatment can help your child avoid tooth decay and gum disease. Because it's easier to clean straight teeth, your child will be less likely to develop decay or gum disease. Orthodontics can also help with jaw pain, speech impediments, and chewing and eating difficulties.
At Christensen Dental, we also offer orthodontic treatments for children with habits such as thumb sucking or pacifier use that can affect their oral health over time. We screen children for proper growth of their jaws, which helps them avoid overcrowded teeth or spacing issues in the future while also treating their bad habits at an early stage.
Children's health and development should be monitored frequently by a dentist. This can help catch issues before they become complicated, painful, or costly to treat.
If your child plays sports, we recommend that their smile is protected with a custom athletic mouthguard to prevent broken or knocked out teeth.