How Do I Protect My Child’s Smile?

kellerchildrensdentistryAs a parent, nothing brightens your day like your little one’s smile. In order to keep that smile bright and healthy, your children require routine dental care. If you’re wondering, “How do I protect my child’s smile?” then talk to your dental professional. Children’s dentistry allows our team to maintain the health of a child’s smile and instill good habits that last a lifetime.

Children’s Dentistry Quiz

  1. True or False: Kids need checkups.
  2. True or False: Cavities in baby teeth require treatment.
  3. True or False: We can help prevent decay with dental sealants.
  4. True or False: Our office provides fluoride treatments.

Answer Key

  1. True. Children should begin seeing the dentist once every six months for a checkup around age three. A checkup allows the doctor to examine the smile to make sure teeth are erupting properly and watch for warning signs of decay or other oral health concerns. Treatment can then be administered before the issue requires more costly and invasive intervention.
  2. True. You may assume that a cavity in a baby tooth is not a big deal since the tooth will fall out eventually. However, a cavity can lead to toothaches, sensitive teeth, and may eventually cause the tooth to fall out prematurely, increasing the risk of permanent teeth erupting out of alignment.
  3. True. A dental sealant prevents food from becoming stuck between the molars in the back of the mouth. Children often have trouble reaching these teeth when brushing, allowing cavities to form. Sealants coat the teeth in a plastic, protecting them.
  4. True. Applied in the form of a varnish, fluoride strengthens the tooth’s natural defenses against bacteria. Children enjoy a reduce likelihood of developing tooth decay and can enjoy a healthier, more comfortable smile.