Children’s Choice proudly practices pediatric and preventive dentistry. Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry. They are specially trained for children’s unique dental health needs. Their professional education includes two to three years of specialized study after becoming a dentist, emphasizing child psychology, growth, and development.
We use many ways to practice preventative dentistry. These include: understanding the importance of primary teeth, knowing when a child’s first visit should be, using sealants and fluoride supplements.
Primary teeth play a significant and functional role in children which is why it is critical to keep them in place naturally. The functions of primary teeth include; maintenance of proper nutrition and chewing, speech development and guiding facial growth, and saving space for permanent teeth.
The first visit should occur shortly after the first tooth appears and no later than the child’s first birthday.
Sealants are made of clear or shaded plastic and help protect the chewing surfaces of healthy back teeth. Placing Sealants is one of the easiest visits for children. Most cavities occur in places sealants can protect. Four out of five cavities in children occur on the back teeth. Children with sealants have 50% less tooth decay after age 15.
Children older than six months need supplements if their drinking water does not contain the ideal amount of fluoride. Fluoride supplements taken by infants have been shown to reduce tooth decay by as much as 50%. Dosages are based on age and the amount of fluoride in the drinking water. Miscalculations may lead to fluorosis.