According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than half of the children aged 6 to 8 have had a cavity in at least one of their baby teeth. Cavities could result in your child having difficulties eating, speaking, and playing.
To address this dilemma, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that you take your child to the dentist within six months after their first tooth emerges, or by their first birthday. Beyond the first visit, you should visit your dentist every six months for professional cleaning.
By doing this, you can build a solid foundation of good oral health for your child in the years to come.
When you visit us, we can teach you how to prevent these problems with proper oral care. However, if your child already has tooth decay, we can detect it early and treat it immediately to avoid further infections and unnecessary pain.
The common pediatric dentistry services we offer at The Schiff Dental Group include the following:
Oral health evaluation for infants to assess the risks for dental caries
Preventive measures for teeth deterioration which include dental prophylaxis and fluoride treatments
Teeth repair procedures for eliminating cavities and other defects or conditions
Consultation on daily oral care at home
Therapy for various dental injuries
Treatment for periodontitis (gum disease) and other similar conditions
In some cases, a child could have a high risk of cavities. For example, if you’ve had cavities while growing up or if your relatives had them, then your child is susceptible to it and he will need preventive oral care.
One popular preventive measure for tooth cavities is the use of dental sealants. These are plastic coatings that protect the surface of the teeth, especially the back teeth, which is the common starting point for tooth decay. With the help of dental sealants, we are able to prevent 80% of cavities.
Furthermore, you should use fluoride toothpaste to brush your child’s teeth at least twice daily. For babies, make sure that you use a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small amount of fluoride toothpaste. These are only a few of the things we will teach you upon your visit.
With decades of dentistry experience, Doctors Jill Moniz, Lawrence Shiff, and Reza Hakim Shoushtari will provide the utmost care that your child to have strong teeth and a long-lasting healthy smile.
Contact The Schiff Dental Group today for a dental exam and cleaning for your child.