Our dentist at J. Russell Danner, DDS, has been practicing dentistry for a very long time and treats patients of all ages. In our practice, we help our little patients to develop healthy oral habits. Along with routine cleanings and exams, we recommend children certain treatments according to their needs.
What are the Common Preventive Dental Treatments Recommended for Children?
The common preventive dental treatments are:
Good pediatric dental care begins at home with routine, daily brushing, and flossing. Our dentists and staff are happy to provide your child or children with information and recommendations for good brushing and flossing habits. Dental cleanings for young children are similar to those for adults. Cleanings typically include scaling to remove plaque and tartar, polishing, and fluoride treatment.
Sealants are thin plastic coatings that coat the teeth. They prevent cavities by covering the pits and fissures on the biting surfaces of teeth.
Fluoride treatments are similar to sealants. They strengthen teeth and prevent cavities. In addition, they enhance tooth enamel.
When should a Child First see a Dentist?
We recommend scheduling your child's first visit by the time their first birthday approaches. The toddler years are when children are learning the ropes, and this discovery period is the best time to make early impressions on oral health. This first visit isn't about teeth cleaning or correcting decay. Instead, it is an opportunity to introduce your child to the dental office in a positive environment.
What are Cavity Prevention Tips for Children?
Teach your child to brush their teeth regularly with fluoride-containing toothpaste. The American Dental Association recommends brushing at least twice every day for two minutes per session. In addition to brushing twice a day, your child should floss once per day.
Children should watch parents, siblings, and/or other adults brush their teeth. This will help them learn how to brush their teeth properly.
It is also important to limit your child's intake of sugary, starchy, or acidic foods and drinks, including candy, potato chips, and soda. Ask our kid-friendly dentist about other cavity prevention tips that are specific to your child's oral health needs.
What are the Common Dental Problems in Children?
Many children will experience tooth decay and cavities. Children who don't get their teeth brushed regularly or have poor oral hygiene habits are more likely to develop dental problems. Children who frequently eat sugary foods and drinks or eat foods high in acid content can also develop tooth decay.
At J. Russell Danner, DDS, we offer the best dental care possible to each of our patients in a positive and relaxing environment. If you're ready to experience the best dental care, please contact us at 405-749-1676 or visit us at 4514 Memorial Cir Suite A, Oklahoma City, OK 73142.