It doesn’t matter if you are 8 years old or 80, oral care always matters. Of course, as your child goes through their stages of development, their mouth is sure to go through some significant changes. As their baby teeth erupt, they’ll need to learn proper oral care habits in preparation for their permanent teeth. Dr. Lewis provides patience and a gentle touch for all of her young patients, whether it’s their first appointment or their 50th! Feel free to give our office a call to schedule a visit and we’ll make sure your child has the care they deserve.
During your child’s first appointment, we spend more time discussing important oral care habits at home and less time cleaning their smiles. While we do perform a brief exam and remove any plaque we do find, it’s important to ease them in to their first visit so they can feel comfortable during future appointments. We’ll always be sure to be as gentle, kind and considerate as possible. This is key to building trust with them as they age.
It’s no secret that children are at higher risk of decay than most other demographics. If we believe your child is at higher risk (or you just want to play it safe as they learn their at-home oral care), we’ll apply dental sealants directly to their most vulnerable teeth so they can confidently hone their brushing and flossing routine. These resin-based sealants only take a few minutes to apply and provide up to 10 years of protection with ease!
Fluoride can be found in the foods you eat, public drinking water (in most cases), and in the oral care products you use. It’s incredibly important for oral health because it plays a major role in keeping your teeth strong and helping saliva protect your tooth enamel from bacteria and plaque. By performing routine fluoride applications for your child, we can reduce their risk for decay dramatically and ensure that no baby teeth fall out prematurely.
Cavities can be difficult to avoid, especially for your child who’s still learning how to brush and floss. In the event that a tooth becomes decayed, we can remove any decay and restore the tooth with tooth-colored filling material known as composite resin. Unlike metal materials, composite resin is capable of forming and adhering to tooth enamel, meaning we don’t need to remove any enamel just to restore it in the process.
Is your child active on a regular basis? Do they play contact sports like football, hockey, basketball, or karate? When your child is at risk for high impact, you want to make sure that they have the right protective gear as well. Just like how you wouldn’t let them ride a bike without a helmet, you shouldn’t let them play sports without a mouthguard they’ll actually want to use. Custom options will always offer better protection, comfort and durability than store-bought solutions.
In some cases, the small bits of tissue that connect the bottom of the tongue to the mouth (or the upper and lower lips to the gums) become oversized. While this is not a serious issue, it can limit your child’s ability to speak, eat foods comfortably, or latch during breastfeeding. Through our soft tissue laser, we can reduce the size of this tissue with virtually no pain whatsoever and ensure an incredibly precise treatment in the process.