When your child reaches the age of three, it’s time for the first dental visit! (Although, you should please feel free to call any time you feel there’s a problem with your child’s smile.) Our team loves working with children and teaching them how to care for their teeth. We also provide tips to make home care hassle-free. We look forward to meeting your entire family at Bruner Dental. Contact our Marion, IN practice today if you have questions or if you’d like to schedule your child’s first appointment. We also welcome patients from the nearby areas of Gas City, Jonesboro, and beyond.
Your Child’s First Appointment
At your child’s checkup, the doctor assesses tooth development, evaluates bite alignment, and checks for tooth decay and other oral health concerns. To prevent cavities, we may apply dental sealants or a fluoride treatment. We capture X-rays to check the health of supporting structures, and depending on your child’s age, to assess the development of permanent teeth forming below the gum line. If the doctor anticipates that your child may have a problem with permanent teeth erupting into proper position, he may recommend orthodontic treatment. We offer a full line of orthodontic solutions for all ages right here in our office. It’s important to set kids on the right path for a lifetime of healthy smiles. Our children’s dentistry team teaches kids the right way to care for teeth, and – most importantly – we make it fun!
Establishing Children’s Oral Hygiene
One of our top priorities during children’s dental exams and teeth cleanings is to partner with kids and parents to create an effective at-home hygiene routine to help them maintain healthy oral structures for a lifetime. When your child visits us, we’ll demonstrate effective toothbrushing and flossing, let them practice on teeth models, and give them fun products to try out at home. If you ever have questions or concerns about your child’s at-home hygiene routine, please don’t hesitate to ask. We’ll do our utmost to assist you in making oral hygiene fun and effective for your little ones.
As the name implies, dental sealants create a barrier over teeth, sealing out decay-causing bacteria, plaque, and tartar. In most cases, we recommend this option for the back teeth (molars) that have deep pits and grooves where bacteria and plaque accumulate. The application process is simple. A coat of clear liquid is applied to teeth. Then, a curing light is used to harden the sealants into position. Once in place, dental sealants will last for several years in most cases, making them a simple, effective treatment option to prevent oral health concerns as kids develop their oral hygiene skills.
Another essential preventive treatment we offer for young patients is topical and oral fluoride therapy. In most cases, kids get the necessary ingested fluoride in tap water, but for kids who do not drink tap water, we may need to provide an oral supplement to help strengthen their developing teeth. Once teeth have erupted from the gum line, we will likely recommend the application of topical fluoride during six month dental exams in order to strengthen and protect tooth enamel.