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Preventative Care

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Preventative care

Prevention is the key to a healthy smile! Don’t wait to take your child to the dentist until pain or a dental emergency happens. Regular dental exams and professional cleanings can help your child have a lifetime of healthy smiles. Read more about this by clicking on the link below:

If all dental problems existed above the gum line, there would be no need for dental X-rays; however, this is simply not the case. Too often, decay, damage, and infections occur in areas that cannot be seen by the naked eye. To see a complete view of a child’s oral cavity, special imaging equipment must be used. But is it safe? Will a child be exposed to radiation? Read on to understand why the dental X-rays used today are much safer when it comes to capturing your little one’s smile. Click here to learn more about dental X-rays for my child. Click here to learn more about dental X-rays for my child.

Topical fluoride treatments are typically recommended because fluoride strengthens tooth enamel and is scientifically proven to reduce the risk of cavities forming. Tooth decay is the most common dental issue that children face–so we do everything we can to put a stop to it. At Great Beginnings Pediatric Dentistry, we use fluoride varnish because it’s easy to apply and highly effective. It also adheres to the teeth so little to none is ingested, making it safe for children of all ages (even infants). To learn 5 facts about fluoride for kids, click here.

Sealants act as a barrier, protecting the tooth by “sealing out” plaque and preventing food from settling into the pits and grooves. Sealants are recommended shortly after your child’s permanent molars erupt, but some deeply grooved baby molars may need them as well. Dental sealants are also recommended for many children, particularly those with 6-year and 12-year permanent molars. A sealant is a thin, white plastic coating that is applied to the chewing surface of a tooth: the pit and groove-filled area where most cavities form (not so groovy!). To learn more about sealants, read here.

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