Practicing good oral hygiene means maintaining your child's smile by visiting the dentist regularly and taking care of his or her teeth and gums between checkups.
Teeth for Life
Practicing good oral hygiene means maintaining your child's smile by visiting the dentist regularly and taking care of his or her teeth and gums between checkups. At Children’s Dentistry of Decatur, our doctors want to make sure that you and your child get the most out of your office visits, and that your child's teeth stay healthy for life! We'll work with you to provide complete dental care and show you how to maintain your child's smile at home with the right dental products for you and your family.
Some of the children's dentistry services offered through Children’s Dentistry of Decatur include the following:
Dental Cleanings and Regular Checkups
Regular dental checkups are an important part of maintaining your oral health. During your regular checkup, your hygienist will:
• Check for any problems that you may not see or feel
• Look for cavities or any other signs of tooth decay
• Inspect your teeth and gums for gingivitis and signs of periodontal disease
• Provide thorough teeth cleaning, rinse, and polish
Traditional dental restoratives, or fillings, may include amalgam (silver fillings) or composite (white fillings). Depending on each child's situation the doctor will discuss with you the best option for restoring your child's tooth.
Fluoride is effective in preventing cavities and tooth decay. A fluoride treatment in a dentist’s office takes just a few minutes. After the treatment, your child may be asked not to rinse, eat, or drink for at least 30 minutes in order to allow the teeth to absorb the fluoride. Depending on your child's oral health or the doctor’s recommendation, a fluoride treatment may be required every three, six, or 12 months.
Sometimes brushing is not enough, especially when it comes to those hard-to-reach spots in your child's mouth. It is difficult for a toothbrush to get in between the small cracks and grooves on your child's teeth. If left alone, those tiny areas can develop tooth decay. Sealants give your child's teeth extra protection against decay and help prevent cavities.
Dental sealants are a plastic resin that bonds and hardens in the deep grooves on your child's tooth’s surface. When a tooth is sealed, the tiny grooves become smooth and are less likely to harbor plaque. With sealants, brushing your child's teeth becomes easier and more effective against tooth decay.
Sealants are typically applied to children’s teeth as a preventive measure against tooth decay after the permanent teeth have erupted. It is more common to seal “permanent” teeth rather than “baby” teeth, but every patient has unique needs, and your child's dentist will recommend sealants on a case-by-case basis.
Sealants last from three to five years, but it is fairly common to see adults with sealants still intact from their childhood. A dental sealant only provides protection when it is fully intact, so if your child's sealants come off, let your dentist know, and schedule an appointment for your child's teeth to be re-sealed.