Dentistry for kids is very similar to adult dentistry, but there are some differences. Children’s dentists understand the importance of primary teeth to the long term health of the child’s mouth, and children’s dentistry often includes educational components so kids can learn how to take care of their teeth. Here is an overview of a few of the dental procedures we offer to children and why they are important.
Dental check-ups are important for people of all ages, and children should start getting check-ups about the same time that they start getting teeth. At our child-friendly dental check-ups at Buckhead Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, we help your child feel comfortable in the chair. Then, we examine their mouth and do an X-ray to see if there are any issues that need treatment.
Dental Cleanings for Children
On top of regular check-ups, children should also get their teeth cleaned on a regular basis. During children’s dental cleanings, we explain the importance of proper oral hygiene and give your child a few helpful hints on brushing and flossing. We also let the child choose their fluoride flavor which makes the fluoride treatment a more fun for them.
Treating Dental Caries
Unfortunately, many children suffer from cavities, and proper dentistry is an essential part of treating cavities. While most children just have the occasional cavity, many children suffer from dental caries. One of the most common health issues for children in the United States, dental caries refers to extensive decay in the mouth, and treatment often involves fillings, root canals, and even extractions.
Children’s root canals involve the same basic process as adult root canals, but there is a major exception. Typically, children’s root canals are needed in the back molars, and the roots generally don’t develop until quite a while after the tooth has erupted. In these situations, our specialists monitor the growth of the root and delay treatment until the child is ready.
To safeguard against cavities and dental caries, sealants can be an important part of dentistry for kids. Recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, sealants are a very thin covering that go over the biting surface of your child’s tooth. The children’s dentist will essentially paint the sealants onto the teeth. This extra layer of protection helps to prevent debris on the teeth from turning into plaque and breaking down the enamel to cause cavities.
While checking on kids teeth, our dentist doesn’t just look for cavities. She also examine your child’s mouth to see if they might need orthodontic treatment in the near future. By diagnosing the need for orthodontic treatment early, we can help your child avoid long-term issues with their bite or due to missing teeth.
At Buckhead Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, we understand the importance of dentistry for kids, and we offer a wide range of treatment options. To learn more or to set up an appointment, contact us today, We take special care of our young patients.