WHAT IS PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY?
While it is important for adults to keep up with good oral habits, it is just as important for children to develop good practices to see them through as they age and their permanent teeth grow in. At Oakridge Dental in Farmington, UT, our friendly and knowledgeable team, led by board-certified dentist Dr. Brian Call, has years of experience in working with children of many ages and distinct personalities. We pride ourselves on being able to make a trip to the dentist enjoyable for any child, whether they're just in for a routine visit or receiving a more intense treatment, such as a filling or tooth extraction.
Our goal is to create a friendly, fun, and comfortable environment for every child and teen who visits our office. During your child's dental exam, Dr. Call and his team will carefully evaluate tooth growth, look for any potential signs of concern, and provide clear and easy-to-understand instructions to help your child practice great oral hygiene habits at home. To learn more about how pediatric dentistry can give your child the strong start they need, get in touch with our office and schedule a checkup today.
WHO QUALIFIES FOR PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY?
One thing we often hear is that dental care for children isn't necessary until the "baby teeth" have grown out. However, this couldn't be further from the truth. Making sure that your child has a strong start when it comes to their oral health will help them develop good dental habits that see them through their lives. Staying on top of your child's oral health can prevent a multitude of dental issues down the road and ensure that their permanent teeth grow in healthily. Without routine visits, a child's oral health can deteriorate without detection and cause serious health issues.
According to the AAPD (American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry), a baby should attend their first dental exam no later than their first birthday or as soon as their first tooth erupts. This generally gives our team enough time to catch any oral health issues that your baby may have and go over an effective dental regimen for you and your baby as they transition into their toddler years. Younger children and teens alike will benefit from pediatric dental care. The specific needs of your child will vary greatly, depending on their age, personal oral hygiene habits, and the condition of their dental health.
WHAT DOES PEDIATRIC DENTAL CARE INVOLVE?
Many issues and conditions can be addressed during your child's dental appointment. Normally, a young patient's visit will comprise of a dental exam and a professional teeth cleaning. After their cleaning, a fluoride treatment may be given to strengthen the enamel as the teeth develop. Additionally, dental sealants are often suggested to minimize tooth cavities and decay in the hard-to-reach crevices in the back teeth (called the molars and pre-molars). Dr. Call may also address teeth that are already showing signs of decay or are chipped, damaged, or broken by creating a successful treatment plan. Eventually, your child may require orthodontics to straighten their teeth and align their bite, which can help to prevent future dental problems. It is during this time that Dr. Call can go over your options if you wish to obtain protective mouth wear for your child if they are active in sports, like football, martial arts, and other activities.
If Dr. Call finds a problem during your child's dental examination or cleaning, we may arrange a follow-up appointment for any necessary treatments. After their exam, Dr. Call will speak with you and your child about the most crucial parts of an oral hygiene routine: daily brushing and flossing. Dr. Call or a member of his team will also demonstrate techniques on the proper way to floss and brush to avoid dental issues.
To properly address certain cases that require sedation or other specialized types of care, we collaborate with the top pediatric dentists in the area. Because we have spent years developing relationships with fellow professionals in and around Farmington, UT and Davis County, we can provide a team approach that suits you and your family.
HEALTHY SMILES FOR HAPPY KIDS
Right now, you can give your child the opportunity to develop great oral health habits that see them throughout the rest of their lives by staying on top of regular teeth cleanings and annual exams. Board-certified family dentist Dr. Call and his team believe that getting a good start on dental care is crucial when it comes to preventing future problems later on, as well as instilling good habits early on. To schedule a comprehensive dental exam for your child, or to learn more about how to keep your child's teeth and gums healthy for the long term, get in touch with our office in Farmington, UT.