Dentistry for Kids
Home oral care for kids begins early before baby teeth begin to erupt. Parents should use a moistened washcloth to lightly wipe the sensitive gums of the baby once or twice every day after feedings. When baby teeth come in, you will shift to a finger brush or age-appropriate toothbrush. As your child approaches their first birthday, you will bring them to our pediatric dental office at Granite View Dental for exams and cleanings. The first dental appointment for your child is very crucial because it gives our dentist an understanding of the mouth of your baby. Toddlers, children, and teens need proper dental hygiene to set a good foundation for their dental health.
The First Visit to a Dentist
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics all agree that you should get your child to a dentist for their first exam within six months after the eruption of their first tooth or by the first birthday. Bringing your child to our office early in life allows our dentist to be proactive about giving guidance on the oral development of the child. It helps establish good oral habits, fluoride use, and injury prevention.
Pediatric Dental Procedures
Our pediatric dentist begins with exams and cleanings. We review the medical history of your child with you and see if there are concerns about their dental health. We examine the mouth for overall oral health. We check the teeth thoroughly and clean them to remove plaque and hardened tartar deposits. Plaque and tartar can cause cavities and infection of the gums.
Additionally, we apply fluoride to the teeth, helping them get stronger and providing protection against decay. We provide preventive dental care to your child. Dental sealants are applied to the teeth to prevent dental decay. Sealants are clear or shaded hardened plastic material that is applied to the susceptible crevices within the chewing surfaces of the molars and premolars.
Sealants give a barrier to plaque, food debris, and bacteria, thus protecting the cavity-prone areas. If your child participates in sports, we provide mouth guards to protect them from dental injuries. Mouth guards can also lower the risk of concussions, besides providing a protective cushion for the gums, lips, and teeth.
Moreover, we provide sedation dentistry to children who seem uncomfortable with dental chairs or visits. The main objective of sedation dentistry for kids is to ensure the child remains as comfortable as possible while performing their dental treatment. We use oral sedation, laughing gas, local anesthetics, and topical anesthetics.
In addition, our pediatric dentistry team offers orthodontic treatment such as braces to straighten crooked teeth. Malocclusions in kids can contribute to problems such as difficulties cleaning the mouth, unattractive look of the mouth, and difficulties chewing. They can also contribute to jaw pain. Our dentist continues to monitor the growth and development of the dentition to determine the timing for orthodontic treatment. We do tooth extraction when necessary, particularly if a tooth is badly damaged and irreparable.
Schedule Your Appointment Now!
Schedule your child for an appointment with our team at Granite View Dental or call us at (928) 589-1776 to request an appointment.