Our compassionate team members strive to create a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere where every patient feels comfortable. We especially want to give our younger patients positive dental experiences that help spark a lifetime of great oral health and dental hygiene. As a mother herself, Dr. Guthrie recognizes that your little one requires care from a professional who appreciates their precious smile just as much as you do. That’s why she offers specialized services designed specifically to meet the unique oral healthcare needs of children! With a combination of these treatments and her gentle touch, you can rest assured that your little one’s smile is in great hands. Read on to learn more about children’s dentistry and give us a call to schedule your child’s next appointment!
We agree with the American Dental Association and recommend bringing your baby in for their first dental checkup by their first birthday. While this may seem early, it gives us the best chance of spotting and stopping any potential issues like tooth decay or oral development issues as early as possible. So what can you expect during your child’s first dental appointment?
Typically, a first visit will consist of introducing your child to Dr. Guthrie, the staff, and what it’s like to visit a dental practice. They’ll be allowed to sit in the dental chair, or if they’re too little or unwilling, they can sit on your lap in the chair. We’ll conduct a gentle examination of their teeth and gums to ensure everything is developing well. If you have any questions about caring for your child’s growing smile, we will gladly answer them. We’ll also provide you with the knowledge and tools you need to make at-home oral healthcare more fun, efficient, and effective for your little one!
It’s never too early to start protecting your child’s adorable smile! Even before their teeth come in, you can wipe their gums with a damp washcloth to clean away lingering sugars and bacteria after feedings. Teeth are vulnerable to cavities as soon as they erupt from the gums, so as soon as those precious little pearly whites begin to show, you can begin gently brushing them twice a day with an infant toothbrush. When more of their back teeth begin to come in, you should begin flossing your child’s teeth. This will go a tremendously long way in helping prevent cavities! These simple but effective habits paired with semiannual dental checkups will help set your child up for years and years of happy, healthy smiles.
Did you know that according to the CDC, tooth decay is the number one most common chronic childhood illness? Children are at a higher risk of cavities for a variety of reasons. Baby teeth have weaker enamel than permanent teeth, which means they are much more vulnerable to tooth decay. This is especially true while they’re still learning to brush and floss on their own!
Thankfully, a quick and easy fluoride treatment can go a tremendously long way in keeping tooth decay at bay. In fact, the CDC reports that fluoride treatments alone can prevent about 33% of cavities in baby teeth! We’ll simply apply a fluoride varnish onto your child’s teeth, where it will seep into the enamel and fortify it to resist decay. It’s a quick and completely painless treatment that’s incredibly effective at preventing cavities!
Some baby teeth are at a higher risk of tooth decay than others. The crevices and grooves of the back molars can be tricky for your little one to clean properly, making them the most at-risk of developing serious cavities. Dental sealants provide an extra layer of protection to these areas to help reduce cavities by up to 80%. This thin, clear, and biocompatible coating is simply painted onto the molars and premolars, where it hardens into a protective barrier that shields the tooth from bacteria, acid, and plaque. It only takes moments to apply, but it can help prevent tooth decay for many years to come.
Despite your best efforts with diligent oral hygiene at home and regular dental checkups and cleanings, your child may still get a cavity or two. No problem! We completely understand. That’s why we offer tooth-colored fillings! We use a safe, biocompatible composite resin that can be matched to the color of their natural teeth for seamless results. Dr. Guthrie takes special care when performing fillings to make sure that your child is as comfortable as possible and gets back to enjoying their healthy, cavity-free smile in no time!