At Swansboro Family Dentistry, we love looking after families. There is something special about developing a long-term relationship with the families in our community and seeing them grow. We warmly welcome children to our dental practice. We typically begin seeing kids around age five.
The America Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children have their first dental appointment by age one, and we work with many pediatric dentists in the area to help your toddlers get the care they need in a kid-sized dental office.
Pediatric Dental Health and Prevention
Even if your child avoids sugar and you help him or her brush and floss their teeth each day, regular dental check-ups and kids’ dental cleanings are still an essential part of preventive healthcare.
Baby teeth are important since they provide the blueprint for their permanent smiles. Avoiding decay, trauma, and keeping teeth until they fall out naturally all plays into proper development. Our dentists and our dental team provide comprehensive preventive dentistry for children.
- Dental cleanings and check-ups
- Dental exams
- Fluoride application
- Tooth sealants
- Mouthguards for sports
- Orthodontic evaluation
In addition to the treatments we offer, we develop a partnership with parents to help take care of kids’ teeth at home. We can talk about proper brushing and flossing techniques as well as nutritional coaching to help maintain strong teeth.
Avoiding Childhood Tooth Decay
Dental decay is one of the most common preventable childhood diseases. Dental caries (decay) forms when bacteria create an acidic environment that softens tooth enamel, leading to dental decay. Bacteria need fuel to reproduce, and sugar is their fuel of choice. Candy and sweets are not the only culprits, however; starchy snacks like crackers and chips can get stuck in the grooves of the teeth and cause decay.
Juices and soft drinks are also common offenders when it comes to decay. It’s best to drink plain water and leave the sugary drinks as a “special occasion” treat only.
For kids who are more susceptible to decay, we may recommend supplemental fluoride applications and fissure sealants to create a barrier between decay-causing foods or drinks and your child’s teeth.
In spite of the best efforts of our dentists and parents, kids sometimes get cavities. When that happens, as it will to most of us at one time or another, we will make sure that your child is comfortable during their filling procedure.
It is important to place fillings, even for baby teeth, even though they will eventually fall out. Leaving decay untreated may result in pain and require extraction of the tooth.
Tooth-colored fillings require the removal of less healthy tooth structure and will blend in with your little one’s smile.
If you are looking for a children’s dentist in Swansboro, NC, give us a call!