Preventive Children’s Dentistry
Best When it Comes to Ensuring the Oral Health of Your Child
When it comes to ensuring the oral health of your child, it’s never too early to start. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that you take your child in for a first dental appointment before the age of 1, or sometime within a six-month period after the child’s first baby tooth erupts. From that early age on through adolescence, preventive children’s dentistry is extremely important to ensure the oral health of your children. Dr. Whitehouse is pleased to offer the following children’s services to her patient families from throughout the Austin, TX area.
Why It’s Important to Schedule Regular Exams & Cleanings
It’s all too easy for kids to develop cavities. And while it’s extremely important to teach your children how to brush and floss every day, you’ll also need to take them in to see Dr. Whitehouse on a regular basis for preventive exams and cleanings. Only a trained dental hygienist can effectively remove all the tartar and plaque buildup that can lead to dental decay and cavities.
In most situations, a filling is the best choice to repair a decayed tooth. But in some situations, when the tooth is badly decayed or can’t hold a filling for some reason, Dr. Whitehouse may recommend that your child have a crown applied to the tooth. A crown covers the entire surface of the tooth. They are extremely durable and typically last for many years.
If your child is active in sports, if he or she enjoys rough-and-tumble play activities, it’s a good idea to consider providing him or her with an athletic mouthguard to protect your child’s teeth. There are many varieties available, and Dr. Whitehouse can discuss with you which type would be best for your child.
It’s simply a fact of life – virtually all children get cavities. And when it happens, getting the cavity filled in a timely manner is essential to maintaining the good oral health of your child. Dr. Whitehouse and her staff of trained dental professionals are accustomed to working with people of all ages, including the youngest patients. We understand how to make the process of getting a filling as comfortable as possible for your child.
One of the most effective means of preventing tooth decay in children is fluoride. This mineral is usually found in foods and most city water supplies. But because levels of the mineral vary greatly, you should ask Dr. Whitehouse whether your child might benefit from fluoride treatments.
If your child is particularly cavity-prone, you might want to consider having a sealant applied to your child’s teeth. A sealant consists of an extremely thin layer of plastic that creates a smooth surface on the teeth, making them easier to clean and less prone to developing decay. Sealants typically last for several years and are usually recommended for permanent teeth.