Keep Them Smiling All Year with Preventive Dentistry
A big part of parenting is simply protecting your child from developing problems in the future, and of course, this same philosophy can also be applied to their teeth. By bringing your child to the dentist at a young age, you’re enabling the team at Tic Tac Tooth to catch any dental problems they have early and prevent many from developing in the first place. It’s a great way to keep their smile beautiful, healthy, and save them from having to get more invasive treatments in the future. Below, you can learn a little bit more about how we can help protect your child’s teeth all year.
Checkups & Cleanings
These procedures are some of the most basic and essential ways we can take care of your child’s teeth and ensure their long term oral health. With just two of these each year, we can guarantee that your child will have a healthy smile as they grow and develop.
For a dental cleaning, one of our hygienists will use specialized tools to clean up and clear away any plaque and tartar that has accumulated on their teeth and gums. Regular cleanings are especially important for children while they are still learning to brush their teeth because they often miss very large areas of their mouth, making them vulnerable to tooth decay.
After their cleaning, your dentist will perform a thorough oral exam. He’ll check to see how their teeth are developing, as well as look for the signs of tooth decay and gum disease. From this, he’ll be able to come up with a treatment plan that will help meet all of your child’s individual dental needs.
Did you know that some of the most common sports injuries are actually dental injuries? According to some studies, they account for as much as 40%! This is why your child should always wear a mouthguard whenever they participate in sports (whether they are contact or not). Mouthguards are able to provide an extra level of protection to shield your child’s teeth and gums from potential impacts. We can provide them with a custom-made one right here at Tic Tac Tooth. They will be much more comfortable than any mouthguard you can buy in the store, plus they’ll do a much better job of defending their smile.
This is one of the quickest and easiest treatments we offer. It actually gives your child’s teeth an extra layer of protection from cavities and tooth decay. Fluoride is a naturally occurring element that is actually able to replenish the minerals in their teeth that have been eaten away by plaque. This is why you’ll see it so often in both toothpastes and public water sources. This treatment works by having them rinse their mouth with a highly-concentrated fluoride solution for just a few minutes.
When a child is learning to take care of their teeth, they’ll often miss or not entirely clean their back teeth because they can be hard to reach. This is why the molars and premolars often develop tooth decay in young patients. To prevent this, we can apply a sealant to prevent decay from starting in the grooves of the back teeth and protect them from plaque and bacteria. They only take minutes to apply, and they can do a tremendous amount of good when it comes to protecting your child’s teeth. And as always, at Tic Tac Tooth, all materials we use are BPA free!
Nightguards for Bruxism
Bruxism is a condition where a person clenches their jaw and grinds their teeth at night, and nearly 1 in 3 people (including children) suffer from it at some point in their lives. This puts a lot of pressure on the teeth, and eventually, they can become worn down and even break! If we notice that your child is grinding their teeth, we can provide them with a simple and easy to use nightguard. This is a small, custom-made mouthpiece that they would wear to bed each night, and it helps provide a barrier between their teeth in order to protect them.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer affects thousands of Americans every year. To prevent this condition from affecting your child, we will always perform an oral cancer screening during their regular checkup. Your doctor will examine their gums, tongue, cheeks, throat, and neck for any signs of the disease, and they can advise you on what to do next if they find anything that causes concern.
There are easily over a hundred different kinds of toothpaste and mouthwashes on store shelves today, and finding the right one for yourself, let alone your child, can be quite difficult. At Tic Tac Tooth, we’ll make the choice easy for you by recommending the products that will best serve your child’s dental needs. We can even offer brands you’re familiar with such as ACT and Tom’s of Maine. We’ll make it as simple as possible for your child to effectively take care of their teeth at home.
All it takes is just two preventive appointments each year to keep your child’s smile healthy and problem-free. By bringing them to the dentist at a young age, you’ll be sending a strong message that taking care of their teeth is important, and this will help them form healthy habits that will serve them well into adulthood. To get them started on the path to sustained oral health, all you need to do is contact our office today to make an appointment.