Routine Pediatric Dental Care Can Help Keep Your Child’s Smile Healthy
Regular visits to the dentist can help your child develop a positive attitude toward maintaining their oral health. This will allow them to comfortably undergo treatments that can help keep his or her smile healthy for years to come.
Saginaw pediatric dentist Dr. Sara Cain has extensive experience providing quality pediatric dental care at our Saginaw, TX, practice. During your child’s first few visits to our office, Dr. Cain and our pediatric hygienist will teach him or her how to properly brush and floss, as well as demonstrate other basic oral hygiene techniques.
Regular pediatric appointments at Lake Country Dental allows Dr. Cain to monitor the development of your child’s teeth and gums so we can address issues before they require more invasive treatment. Contact our office today to schedule a pediatric dental appointment for your child.
Pediatric Dental Checkups: What to Expect
When you bring your child to our office for a routine dental checkup, Dr. Cain will first ensure your son or daughter is comfortable before performing a gentle cleaning.
The dentist will examine your child’s teeth and gum line to look for early signs of decay, infection, or damage. We may also take x-rays to help detect improper tooth or jaw alignment, which can result in orthodontic issues if left untreated.
At Lake Country Dental, we use digital radiography to reduce radiation exposure and make the x-ray process simpler. For children under six years old, we may provide fluoride treatments to strengthen enamel and help fortify their teeth against cavities.
Treating and Preventing Decay
If your child requires any dental treatments, such as a tooth-colored composite fillings, we can often perform these procedures during the same appointment. Before beginning any new treatment, the dentist will first educate your child about what to expect in order to help him or her feel comfortable.
If necessary, we can also provide anesthesia and sedation — such as nitrous oxide, which is safe for patients of all ages — to help keep them stay calm. For children who are more vulnerable to cavities, Dr. Cain can apply sealants as a preventive measure, which involves placing thin layers of plastic on the teeth to keep plaque from building up and causing decay.
Between regular pediatric dental visits, children should practice proper brushing and hygiene routines to help protect their teeth against cavities, infection, and other oral conditions. Parents can help their children maintain proper oral health by ensuring they brush and floss regularly.
Make an Appointment for Your Child
Fostering positive dental hygiene routines and ensuring the proper development of your child’s teeth can put them on the path toward a lifetime of excellent oral health.
Once your son or daughter has turned one, we recommend scheduling regular dental visits every six months.
At Lake Country Dental, our experienced doctors combine patient education and a gentle touch to provide comfortable and effective pediatric dental care. To schedule a visit, or learn more about our approach to pediatric dentistry, contact Lake Country Dental today.