Regular dental care is important for your child’s growing smile. Visiting a children’s dentist will help to ensure that your little one receives the gentlest, most expert care possible, to help build a healthy smile that lasts a lifetime. And guess what? We offer children’s dentistry for our Simpsonville, SC friends and neighbors at Tylan Creek Family Dentistry! Keep reading to learn more about the importance of children’s dental care.
It is always better to stop a problem from occurring than to fix one after it has occurred -- and that could not be more true than when it comes to a child’s smile. Your little one’s teeth will be at a higher risk of developing tooth decay until the enamel fully hardens around the age of 14. In fact, dental caries (aka cavities) is the most common disease affecting children, but tooth decay is also 100% preventable with routine dental care and excellent oral hygiene at home. Partnering with a children’s dentist is the best way to keep your little one’s smile healthy through childhood and into adolescence.
Your little one’s first visit to the dentist should be scheduled around the time of their first birthday, with regular six month checkups and cleanings beginning no later than the age of 3. During the first appointment, we will take a quick look around to make sure everything is developing as it should and also take the time to answer any questions you may have about your child’s oral health. Regular cleanings begin after age 3.
As kids get older, your children’s dentist in Simpsonville has additional services to help protect their teeth from cavities. Dental sealants are applied in a single visit to the dentist and provide a protective shield on the chewing surface of the molars and premolars that can last for several years. Topical fluoride treatments can also remineralize the tooth enamel to help prevent cavities.
Visiting the dentist every six months will help to keep your child’s smile healthy, but what you do in the time between those appointments is just as important for preventing cavities and other issues. Kids should brush their teeth for two minutes, twice a day, and will need to begin flossing as soon as they have two teeth that are touching each other. Keep these other tips in mind for excellent kids oral hygiene at home:
Our team of experts offers patients of all ages comprehensive dentistry from the comfort of our state-of-the-art dental office. To learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment for the same, you are invited to contact the dental office today.