Humans develop their first tooth around six months’ old, meaning it’s important to invest in good hygiene and care early. Babies and young children frequently struggle to care for their teeth, and sometimes parents are frazzled and confused about the right methods. Even more often, children experience early dental problems like crooked teeth, tooth fractures, painful eruptions, and even gum disease and infections.
When these situations occur, you can seek out a skilled office like Scripps Poway Dental Care, which has experience handling children’s dentistry and can make even the youngest patient feel safe and comfortable during treatment.
Children face many of the same problems experienced by adults, and treatment will vary. In general, most of the procedures done will be of the preventative variety, meaning they are meant to stop future problems from occurring.
One of the most common procedures done for children is regular cleaning combined with the application of fluoride or a sealant. Fluoride is a mineral that helps build and strengthen the enamel of the teeth, so kids don’t get cavities, especially in the modern sugary world. Sealants, on the other hand, are thin layers of material that stop plaque from directly touching the tooth and causing decay and other problems.
Besides these measures, our dentists are skilled in other procedures like a tooth extraction for children with crowding mouths, basic braces to stop crowding and discomfort, and even partial dentures for children who have lost their milk teeth but still need the teeth for proper speech and development. Sometimes a space retainer is also recommended if a kid loses one of their molars. The retainer will help children’s mouths remain properly spaced and open when the adult teeth finally come in.
As a parent or guardian, it’s crucial that you take children in your care to a dentist on a regular basis to keep their teeth healthy and strong. For more information, schedule an appointment with Scripps Poway Dental Care.