Gentle Pediatric Dentistry Can Protect Your Child’s Smile for Life
Fort Bend Dental offers preventative treatments specifically designed for younger patients. Pediatric dentistry at our Missouri City, TX, practice includes dental sealants and fluoride treatments, along with routine exams and cleanings. During these appointments, our doctors will continuously monitor the development of your child’s teeth and jaw. Our staff is also committed to providing convenient care, which is why we often schedule appointments for parents and children back-to-back. With this commitment to your child’s health, we can help protect his or her smile into adulthood.
The Importance of Pediatric Dentistry
Helping your child become accustomed to dental exams at a young age instills healthy habits that can last a lifetime, and also provides us with the opportunity to begin teaching your child about good oral hygiene. In addition, regular dental exams can help to prevent serious oral health issues in adulthood. If your child suffers from cavities at a young age, he or she is more likely to experience chronic tooth decay as an adult. In addition, at pediatric visits your child’s dentist can check for early signs of misalignment. In some cases, early intervention can shorten orthodontic treatment time down the road.
Our team knows how to make dental treatments fun and how to explain dental care in a way that your child can understand.
Because children’s dentistry is so vital, we encourage you to bring your child into the office twice a year. Ideally, these visits should begin about six months after his or her first tooth comes in.
Children’s Dentistry vs. Adult Dental Care
In many ways, dental care is similar for children and adults. Regular exams and cleanings are critical for all age groups. After your child’s teeth are cleaned and polished, one of our dentists will perform an exam, looking for decay, cracked teeth, and gum inflammation.
In addition to ongoing preventive care, we also provide fluoride treatments and dental sealants. Though adults can sometimes benefit from these procedures, typically they are best suited for children.
- Fluoride is a mineral, which will help to strengthen developing dental enamel. We can provide fluoride supplements, including gels, rinses, or varnishes, to boost your child’s dental health.
- Similarly, sealants strengthen teeth and help to prevent decay. To place the sealant, the dentist will apply a liquid coating to the tops of your child’s molars. After the material hardens, it will prevent food and bacteria from damaging the enamel.
Pediatric exams may also include a discussion of how nutrition promotes healthy dental development and how thumb sucking and pacifier use will affect erupting teeth.
Why Choose Fort Bend Dental for Your Child’s Oral Care?
Our expert team knows how to make dental treatments fun, and how to explain oral care in a way that your child can easily understand. We also realize that your family has a busy schedule, and we value your time. Whenever possible, we will book back-to-back visits for you and your children so that you do not have to make multiple trips to our office.
Schedule an Appointment for Your Child
Adults and children alike can count on our gentle, compassionate care. Contact Fort Bend Dental to learn more about our pediatric services and to schedule your child’s first visit, instilling habits of good oral hygiene that will last a lifetime.