Summer means your little ones are home from school, with plenty of free time. What better time to schedule a visit with your Garland, TX, dentist? In today’s blog, we’re going to talk about the benefits of routine checkups for little ones, and what to expect from your next visit.
What We Look For
During these six-month visits, we carefully examine the teeth and gums. We’re looking for signs of tooth decay, poor gum health, and developing misalignment, among other oral health concerns. Using digital x-rays, we can obtain a detailed picture of your child’s smile, offering an accurate diagnosis and recommending the most appropriate solutions, such as fillings for cavities. We may also discuss proper brushing and flossing with your child, and even offer dental sealants and fluoride treatments to reduce the risk of cavities developing. Of course, we also take steps to ensure your children feel comfortable and relaxed, including the administration of nitrous oxide sedation. We also offer blankets and pillows, stickers and coloring books, a play area with toys, and even movies they can watch during procedures.
Care at Home
A summer checkup enables our team to examine smiles and if necessary, treat them before the new school year begins. However, keeping smiles healthy also means care at home. Your child should be brushing his or her teeth twice daily, once in the morning and again at night. Flossing at night is also essential, as this removes the bits of food that a toothbrush cannot and is essential for avoiding cavities and gingivitis. You should assist your toddler aged children and monitor your older ones to ensure proper brushing and flossing. Also, consider offering healthy alternatives to sugary snacks and drinks over the summer, which also helps reduce the risk of cavities in little smiles!
Signs of Trouble
Your little one should see us every six months, which helps us watch over the smile as it grows and changes, addressing problems as they arise. However, if your little begins to complain about pain in one or more teeth in between these visits, let us know. Often persistent toothaches or tooth sensitivity could indicate the presence of a cavity or possibly even an infection. If you have any questions about helping children enjoy optimal oral health, or if you would like to schedule a visit for your child, then please contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Children’s Dentistry?
Routine care for children of all ages can help reduce the risk of cavities and gum issues. For more information on children’s dentistry, then schedule a consultation by calling Mai Dentistry in Garland, TX, today at 972-530-0552. For our patients who don’t speak English, our office is fluent in both Spanish and Vietnamese.