Pediatric Dentistry: Help Your Child Maintain a Healthy Smile for Life
When a child has a positive first visit to the dentist, it can create a strong foundation for good oral health in the future. Our Saginaw pediatric dentist offer a combination of experience and compassion to help make your child’s first dental appointment as relaxed and comfortable as possible.
During the initial appointment, our Saginaw pediatric dentist, Dr. Sara Cain and our pediatric hygienist will help teach your child the basics of dentistry and show him or her what to expect during future visits. We will begin by performing a simple examination of your child’s teeth. If he or she feels comfortable to continue, the doctor will proceed with a gentle cleaning, X-rays, and fluoride treatment.
Dr. Cain will end the appointment by giving your child their own toothbrush and demonstrating how to brush properly.
If your child is over the age of one, we recommend bringing him or her in for regular visits, every six months, with our pediatric dentist. During these checkups, our dentists will demonstrate proper oral hygiene techniques to help your child brush and floss effectively at home. In addition to basic patient education, Dr. Cain and our pediatric hygienist will also gently clean the teeth and gums, provide basic preventative treatments, and perform any necessary procedures to treat decay.
Our dentists use extensive pediatric experience to communicate with young patients effectively and help educate them so they can enjoy a lifetime of beautiful, healthy smiles.
Dr. Cain a remains committed to providing excellent preventive dental care to all of her patients, especially children.
At Lake Country Dental in Saginaw, we work with parents and children to instill proper oral hygiene habits that can help prevent cavities and decay. Our pediatric dentist can perform preventative procedures like fluoride treatments to strengthen patients’ enamel and protect their teeth. We can also use sealants (thin layers of plastic) to coat teeth and help prevent the buildup of plaque.
Routine visits at least twice a year help Dr. Cain diagnose any issues before they have the potential to become more serious.
If your child experiences tooth decay, Dr. Cain can provide dental fillings to strengthen and repair affected teeth. Our fillings are made of tooth-colored composite material, so they will mimic the look of natural enamel. During treatment, we will first administer local anesthesia to keep your child comfortable.
For children who are especially nervous, we can provide nitrous oxide, which is safe for young patients. Once the affected area is numbed and your child is at ease, Dr. Cain will remove the damaged portion of enamel. She will then clean the tooth and fill in the missing area with composite resin before hardening the material with a special light.
The filling will help prevent the affected tooth from further decay and improve its overall health.
In order to maintain proper alignment or preserve their oral health, your child may need to have a tooth removed. If your son or daughter’s tooth has become severely decayed or infected, our Fort Worth pediatric dentist can perform tooth extraction in order to help prevent serious health concerns that can result.
Additionally, extraction can also be necessary in situations where baby teeth have either erupted improperly or have not been lost naturally. When these types of dental issues go untreated, they can often disrupt permanent tooth development. Dr. Cain will use a combination of education and experience to ensure your child’s tooth extraction is as comfortable and convenient as possible.
To make an appointment with our Saginaw pediatric dentist Dr. Sara Cain, contact us today at 817-236-8771. We will work with you to determine the best treatment plan for your child to help them develop good oral hygiene habits.