Preventative dental care is one of the best ways to keep your kid's smile looking great and healthy for their whole lives. It's extremely important to keep primary (baby) teeth healthy because they make way for the permanent teeth to eventually come in.
There is a common misconception that baby teeth don't matter because they are going to fall out anyways. On the contrary, baby teeth are very important for facial and speech development, as well as the development of the developing permanent teeth.
Fluoride is one of the most simple, yet effective treatments at Sprout Pediatric Dentistry. Fluoride is a natural mineral that promotes healthy enamel growth on teeth, in turn assisting in the battle against cavities. Our fluoride treatments are a much higher dosage than is available over the counter, and we’ll apply it at the end of your child’s appointment to let it rest on their teeth long after they have left the dental chair.
Children are more susceptible to cavities and tooth decay. This is because they tend to eat more sugary foods throughout the day and aren’t cleaning their teeth as well as adults do. While it is important to regiment their sugary intake and show them how to brush and floss well, sometimes cavities just find their way in. To combat this, we can apply a thin layer of plastic that will coat the hard to reach molars. Sealants are one of the most effective ways to stay cavity free!
Did you know that mouthguards should be worn during sporting events, even for just a friendly pick-up game of soccer in the neighborhood? Dental injuries can happen before you know it, and many could be avoided if proper protective gear was worn. We will fit your child with a custom made mouthguard that will fit comfortably over their teeth for protection. Don’t be caught by surprise, make sure your children have athletic mouthguards!
If the baby tooth is missing due to injury or disease, it can cause the teeth in that area to shift out of place. This shift in the baby teeth can cause dental problems for the future permanent teeth such as crowding and crookedness. To prevent such these issues from occurring, we can place a temporary space maintainer in the gap to keep your child’s teeth in alignment until their permanent teeth come in. Some permanent teeth don’t come in until your child is 12 to 14 years old!