Your oral health is important. So, too, is the oral health of your child. Just like you, brushing and flossing are crucial habits for your child to prevent serious oral health issues like cavities and gum disease. In addition to fostering good oral hygiene habits at home, your child also needs professional care to maintain optimal oral health. Sylvan Heights Dental is here to help.
Cleanings and Exams
Your child should have regular cleanings and exams every six months, just like you. Cleanings are performed to help eliminate all debris from every surface of their teeth, including those surfaces that they might not be able to clean thoroughly on their own. With cleanings, we can help your child to prevent oral health issues from developing. Exams are performed to help detect the presence of oral health issues in their earliest stages, which then allows us to provide your child with prompt treatment, preventing the formation of more serious issues from arising later.
It can be difficult for children to properly brush and floss their teeth. Spaces that are missed can significantly increase their risk of developing cavities. We can help your child to more effectively prevent cavities with fluoride and sealants. Fluoride treatments involve the application of fluoride varnish to the surfaces of the teeth. The fluoride absorbs into the enamel to help strengthen the teeth, enabling them to tight off acid erosion. Sealants use a synthetic material that is applied to the chewing surfaces of the molars, where food and bacteria are likely to get trapped. Sealants seal these crevices, preventing buildup and making the teeth easier to maintain.
What if My Child is Anxious?
Children can be anxious about going to the dentist. There are things that you can do to help prepare your child at home. Talk to them about the dentist and let them know that we are here to help them. Read books about going to the dentist. If your child is still anxious and is unable to sit still, we can help them to relax more easily, which then allows us to provide them with effective treatment in the safest way possible, with sedation options.
Helping Your Child to Brush at Home
It can be a daily struggle to get your child to brush, and to brush properly every day. Your child may try to avoid brushing, or they may try to rush through the process. There are ways that you can help your child to make brushing easier, and more fun. Brush your teeth with your child. Demonstrating brushing can be very helpful. If your child sees you brushing every day, they are more likely to follow. Read books about brushing. Play music or sing songs. You can even turn brushing into a fun game.
Protection During Sports
If your child plays sports, particularly ones with a higher risk of injuries, wearing the proper protective gear is important. This gear should include good quality, properly fitting mouthguard. We can custom create a mouthguard for your child to help protect their teeth, gums, and their jawbone from serious dental injuries.
Dental care is just as important for your child as it is for you. For more information, and to schedule an appointment for your child, call Sylvan Heights Dental at (503) 388-5882 today.
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