Do you see children? At what age should the dentist first see a child?
- Yes, we see patients of all ages. We recommend that a child’s first “get acquainted” visit be around 2 to 3 years of age.
Why are sealants recommended for my children’s teeth?
- Sealants are a resin material which can prevent cavities. The resin is bonded to the chewing surfaces of the permanent back teeth. It gets placed in deep pits and grooves your teeth. Usually, it’s placed around the age of 6 when your child get his/her molars, around 9-10 years old when the pre-molars erupt and age 12 when the second molars erupt.
Why is fluoride so important for my child’s teeth?
- Fluoride is an element that occurs naturally. Fluoride can help prevent tooth decay when ingested systemically (in tablet or drop form) or applied to the teeth topically. Some of the primary benefits of fluoride are remineralization; a process that can reverse the beginnings of decay and strengthen the tooth’s surface. This ultimately makes the tooth more resistant to decay.
- Thorough review of your medical and dental history.
- Examining your gum tissue.
- Examining your biting, chewing, and swallowing patterns.
- Oral cancer screening.
- Digital x-rays