When your child’s teeth are just developing, it’s crucial that they are being given exceptional dental care. The earliest stages of oral development require very high attention to detail and monitoring, especially since children experience a higher risk of tooth decay and gum disease compared to other groups. During their visit, Dr. Johnson and his team will make sure your child is as comfortable as possible, regardless of their age or the treatment they need.
Our dental office recommends parents bring their youngest for a visit either by the age of one or within six months of their first tooth erupting. Keep in mind that your child’s first visit will be relatively brief and more focused on helpful treatments to consider and best at-home practices, rather than a thorough cleaning or checkup. When you arrive, we’ll spend a few moments examining the teeth that have erupted so far and remove any decay or plaque currently present, then discuss future treatments and at-home oral care tips you should consider.
Does your little one play on the school football team or are they simply very active in their daily lives? If so, their teeth are at much higher risk of getting damaged or knocked out. Store-bought mouthguards offer some protection, but they often feel uncomfortable to wear. The more a mouthguard is customized to fit your child’s mouth exactly, the better protected they’ll be. The Dental Center of Midlothian can create a mouthguard that your child will actually want to use!
Teeth are highly susceptible to tooth decay, especially at a young age. This is largely because oral care is not easy for younger patients, who may struggle to be as thorough as they should be for their developing smiles. Dental sealants can provide an additional layer of defense during this learning period, reducing the risk of decay development in vulnerable teeth. Once the composite resin material is painted on their teeth, traditionally their molars and premolars, the material is hardened. This seals the many pits and fissures inside teeth away from plaque, bacteria and food debris.