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 Fort Worth children’s 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, 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 pediatric dental visits every six months. 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 Fort Worth, we work with parents and children to instill proper oral hygiene habits that can help prevent cavities and decay. Our dentists 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 his or her tooth removed. If your son or daughter’s tooth has become severely decayed or infected, our dentists 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.
Like many adults, children can also suffer from dental anxiety, especially if they have to undergo more invasive procedures like extractions, dental fillings, or pulp therapy.
For young patients who are especially nervous about their visit, we offer sedation to make dental treatments more comfortable and simple. Dr. Cain can provide sedation in the form of nitrous oxide, which is safe for children.
When your child breathes in the nitrous oxide, he or she will become much more relaxed while still remaining conscious and able to answer questions. Sedation dentistry can help your child alleviate fears and receive the care they need.
Many children suffer from bruxism, or teeth grinding. This condition can be caused by several factors and result in a range of negative side effects, including headaches, damage to enamel, and fatigued or sore facial muscles.
The majority of children who suffer from bruxism will grind their teeth at night while they are asleep. As a result, they usually do not even realize it is happening.
At Lake Country Dental, Dr. Cain can effectively treat bruxism, also known as teeth grinding, with a simple mouth guard. Our dentist can also provide custom-fitted mouth guards for children who are involved in contact sports to help protect their teeth from injury or trauma.
The root nerves, blood vessels, and soft tissues of the tooth are often referred to as the pulp. When a child experiences extensive dental decay or injury, their pulp and surrounding area can become infected or inflamed. When this occurs, our dentist can perform pulp therapy to help stop the spread of infection, prevent further damage to the tooth, and allow for proper development of permanent teeth.
Dr. Cain will perform either a pulpotomy or a pulpectomy procedure, depending on the severity of the inflammation or infection. Our experienced dentists can use pulp therapy to help your child maintain the integrity and health of his or her teeth.
To make an appointment with our Fort Worth children’s 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.