Teaching children to brush and floss their teeth is an important first step in helping them learn to properly care for their smiles. However, it’s only a first step. For children to enjoy a lifetime of healthy, beautiful smiles, they also require routine professional care and education about their unique oral health concerns. At our Dallas, TX, children’s dental office, we can help your child improve their chances at enjoying a healthy smile for life by helping you better understand the details of children’s dental care.
When it’s time to schedule their visits
Visiting the dentist is like brushing and flossing teeth – children will get better at it the more they do it. The very first visit should occur shortly after the first tooth appears, or after the first birthday, and will introduce your child to the environment of the dentist’s office. You should also bring your child with you to each of your regularly scheduled appointments, and begin regular cleanings and checkups for your child by the age of three years old.
What to do if they get a cavity
Cavities, which result when a tooth starts to decay, are among the most frequent concerns for children (and adults). Preventing them is an important part of good hygiene and regular dental care, but prevention isn’t always 100% successful. Fortunately, we can offer highly conservative treatment to help children recover from cavities by restoring their teeth while minimizing changes to their tooth structure. This removes the infection (the cause of the cavities) and helps fortify the tooth so that it can continue to function properly until it’s ready to fall out on its own.
How to handle a prematurely lost tooth
When a child’s baby tooth falls out on its own, it typically means that the adult tooth underneath it is ready to emerge and the baby tooth’s job is done. However, things like accidental trauma may cause the tooth to fall out before its time, before the adult tooth is ready to erupt. To preserve the future integrity of your child’s smile, we can recommend an appropriate treatment such as a space maintainer to help avoid tooth crowding issues.
Learn about caring for your child’s teeth
Taking good care of your child’s teeth is important, and fortunately, it may be simpler than you think. For more information, schedule an appointment by calling Pediatric Dental Care at Casa Linda in Dallas, TX today at 214-321-4880. We proudly serve patients who live around Casa Linda and all surrounding Dallas communities.