Our team doesn’t just offer care for adults, we have a full range of treatments to help protect little smiles too. In fact, we can even prevent the onset of tooth decay! In today’s blog, your Richfield, MN, dentist talks about the treatments we use to help smiles of all ages avoid the onset of cavities, so they can start 2023 with a better smile!
Checkups and Cleanings for Kids
Just like you, children need to have their teeth examined and cleaned every six months starting at around age two. The checkup means a chance for our team to carefully examine the smile for signs of trouble, so we can address them before they threaten the smile. In addition, we will also clean the teeth too. A dental cleaning means we remove all plaque and tartar to limit the risk of cavities and bad breath, and even gingivitis and teeth stains. These visits also help us instill good oral health, and routine visits also limit the risk of dental anxiety as kids become accustomed to seeing us for treatment, and will be more likely to continue seeing the dentist as an adult.
Fluoride and Dental Sealants
Our team can also offer unique preventive treatments to help lower the risk of tooth decay in little smiles. Every six months, we will apply a fluoride gel to the teeth during the checkup visit. This topical gel helps strengthen the outer enamel to lower the chances of cavities forming. In addition, we can place dental sealants to the rear teeth, which are often hard for kids to reach when they brush and floss. The sealants prevent food particles from attaching to the teeth and lowers the risk of cavities. They can stay in place for up to ten years in some cases, and as they wear away, they will cling to the more vulnerable portion of the outer structure.
Use Your Benefits Soon
Now is a great time to bring your children in for a checkup and cleaning, so we can help them start a new year with a bright and beautiful smile. You can also use your 2022 dental benefits before they expire at the end of the year. If you have any questions about our approach to children’s dentistry, or about helping your kids enjoy better oral health from home, then contact our team today to learn more.
Do You Have Questions About Children’s Dentistry?
We want to help your kids enjoy healthy smiles throughout the year with regular preventive care and treatments. If you have any questions about how we help kids of all ages, or if you would like to schedule an appointment, contact your Richfield, MN, dentist, Dr. Keller, by calling (612) 861-7188.