Help Your Child Avoid Cavities

You want the best for your children, ensuring they enjoy a healthy and happy childhood. With children’s dentistry, we have options to help your little ones avoid the onset of cavities. From changes to their daily routine to regular visits, we have options to strengthen oral health and address trouble in the earliest stages. What can Dallas, TX, parents do to safeguard their children’s smiles?

Brush and Floss

From the moment the first baby tooth erupts, your children need to clean them regularly. Once they have multiple teeth sitting side by side, flossing becomes vital as well. Children of all ages should brush their teeth when they wake up and again before going to bed. Each session should last about two minutes and use an age-appropriate toothbrush. Once your child turns three, you should use a toothbrush that contains fluoride. We also suggest kids floss every night before bed. You may need to assist your younger children and monitor your older ones to ensure they brush and floss properly.

Checkups and Cleanings

When children brush and floss, they limit how much plaque can accumulate on the teeth. However, to remove plaque completely and prevent the onset of tooth decay and gum disease, your children need to undergo routine checkups and cleanings. The first visit usually happens around age one, when the initial baby teeth erupt. Afterward, routine visits should happen every six months. We have a chance to monitor your child’s smile and address problems before they progress. A cleaning also helps safeguard smiles against cavities.

Dental Sealants and Fluoride Treatments

Preventive treatments help protect little smiles form cavities. We may recommend a fluoride varnish to strengthen outer tooth enamel and reduce the risk of cavities. Applying the varnish only takes a few minutes! We also have dental sealants, which coat the rear teeth and prevent food from becoming stuck between them. The sealants reduce the risk of cavities, as the rear teeth are often difficult for children to reach when brushing and flossing. If you would like to learn more about our preventive treatment options, or if you think your child is ready for a checkup and cleaning, then contact our team today.

Gentle Smiles Family Dentistry Offers Children’s Dentistry

At Gentle Smiles Family Dentistry, our team wants to help your little ones enjoy optimal oral health, from checkups and cleanings to fluoride treatments and dental sealants. Contact us today to discuss children’s dentistry by calling 972-329-7645 (972-329-SMILE) We strive to offer our patients of all ages compassionate, effective, and individualized care. At Gentle Smiles, we are proud to serve families from Dallas, TX, and the surrounding communities, including Mesquite, Balch Springs, Garland, and Seagoville.