Preventive procedures are those procedures that are performed to prevent the development of oral diseases. At Unique Kids Pediatric Dentistry, our top pediatric dentists serving infants, children, and teens provide your child with the preventative care they need to make their teeth strong and healthy for a lifetime to come. We also work to educate parents about the best ways to care for their child’s teeth at home.
A pediatric dentist will examine your child’s teeth, gums, and bite in order to diagnose any potential problems and ensure there are no oral health concerns. Then, the hygienist will thoroughly clean the teeth by removing plaque from the most difficult-to-reach areas. Professional dental cleanings are an important step in maintaining the health of your child’s smile.
Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that are applied to the chewing surfaces of teeth to help protect them from decay. The back molars have deep grooves that are susceptible to plaque and bacteria buildup. These areas can be difficult to keep clean and, therefore, prone to cavities. By placing a sealant in these areas, parents can rest assured that their children’s teeth are safe from decay.
We recommend having your child come in for a fluoride treatment twice a year. This can help to strengthen teeth and prevent cavities from forming. Depending on the age of the child, the fluoride treatment may be in the form of a gel or a foam. The gel is flavored and can be applied with a toothbrush or mouth swab. The foam is flavored as well but requires a special application tray in order to ensure even coverage.
In addition to helping your child maintain healthy teeth and gums, early childhood dentists can also provide great advice about how to keep your child’s smile in great shape.
Your child will need to see the dentist for a checkup and cleaning every six months. These visits help control oral bacteria and tooth decay. Plus, your pediatric dentist can also offer tips and advice to help you and your child keep his or her teeth healthy and strong between appointments. This might include strategies like brushing and flossing techniques or teaching you how to provide effective oral care for your baby. You may even be advised to use fluoride toothpaste to help prevent cavities. Fluoride is a mineral that helps strengthen the enamel of your child’s teeth, preventing decay and protecting against damage. There are a few different ways your dentist could recommend giving your child fluoride treatment, such as through in-office fluoride gel treatments or at-home fluoride rinses.
Unique Kids Pediatric Dentistry is equipped with the latest technologies and modern amenities that enable the best dental care facilities for patients. Call us at (832) 930-7732 and schedule an appointment with the dentist to know more about the dental services provided at the practice.