Your Child’s First Visit
At your child’s first visit, Dr. Polly Reese will discuss how to care for your child’s mouth, proper oral habits and the use of fluoride, preventing accidents that could cause trauma to the face, teething and other milestones, and the proper diet for a developing mouth.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry suggests a visit to the dentist by a child’s first birthday. This may be surprising to some, but many children can get cavities by the age of two. In fact, more than 1 in 4 children in the U.S. develop at least one cavity by the age of four. The pediatric dental care we provide at Winning Smile Dental Group can prevent this from happening.
The Importance of Pediatric Care
Your baby’s primary teeth are just as important as permanent teeth. Primary teeth act as placeholders. When one is lost prematurely, it can cause the other teeth to shift out of position. This may lead to future complications when their permanent teeth erupt. When a tooth is lost prematurely, it is important to seek treatment immediately. Dr. Polly Reese can use a “spacer” to keep the other teeth from moving.
If your child experiences decay or dental disease at an early age, this can also lead to future complications. Our goal at Winning Smile Dental Group is to prevent complications and establish a strong foundation of oral health that will follow your child into adulthood. Pediatric dentistry provides you and your child with the information and tools you need to ensure your child is practicing excellent oral hygiene.
Dr. Polly Reese will also stress the importance of a healthy diet. As a general rule of thumb, you should limit your child’s exposure to foods that are rich in sugar and starch. Also, be sure that your infant does not go to bed while nursing a bottle that contains anything else besides water. This can lead to “baby bottle tooth decay,” and wreak havoc on the future of their oral health.
Sealants and Fluoride Treatments
Preventive measures are a big part of pediatric dentistry, including dental sealants and fluoride treatments. Dental sealants are plastic coatings that are used to fill in the deep grooves of a child’s back molars. These teeth are particularly difficult to clean, especially for children. Sealants fill in the grooves that trap food debris and protect the enamel from harmful bacteria.
Fluoride treatments are also a crucial part of your child’s oral health. Fluoride can help replenish the minerals that are gained and lost from the enamel every day. Children who undergo fluoride treatments are far less likely to develop cavities. In certain cases, fluoride can even repair minor instances of decay. Read More About F.ouride Treatment
Schedule Your Child’s Appointment
Call (224) 307-4977 and schedule your child’s appointment today!