Pediatric or children’s dentistry focuses on the prevention, early detection, and education of oral health problems to maintain good oral health in your little one. Through regular cleanings, checkups, fluoride treatments, and dental sealants, we can prevent the formation of cavities and keep your child’s teeth strong and healthy.
Through education, demonstration, and open communication, we can teach your child how to properly practice oral hygiene. We provide friendly, compassionate, and minimally invasive dental care to every child here at Elite Dental Wellness. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.
The ADA recommends that all children be seen by a dentist by the time they turn one or even sooner if their first tooth erupts before then. During this appointment, the Houston dentist will perform an oral exam, take any necessary x-rays, and clean your child’s tooth. The purpose of this appointment is to:
With orthodontic care, it is important to take dental impressions and x-rays to efficiently determine what type of treatment you will need. After placing the braces or starting your aligners, follow up appointments and maintenance are the most essential part of orthodontic care. We will go over a treatment plan with you and schedule any appointments so you can remain diligent about keeping a healthy smile.
Your child’s mouth needs to be cleaned and cared for before their teeth ever come in. Before your child’s first tooth develops, wipe their gums with damp gauze. Older children should brush their teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
Children under 3 shouldn’t use more than a smear of fluoride toothpaste about the size of a grain of rice. Children 3-6 can use a pea-sized amount. Brush all of the teeth thoroughly in gentle circular motions and make sure they brush their tongue.
If your child has enough teeth that are now starting to touch, they will need to floss once a day. Children need help caring for their teeth and gums until about the age of 6 when they start developing enough dexterity to do it on their own.
You should still monitor them to make sure they’re brushing and flossing properly. Take your child for regular checkups and dental cleanings every 6 months or any time you see warning signs of tooth decay, such as tooth pain, discoloration, sensitivity, or holes in the teeth.
Common dental problems in children include tooth decay, dental trauma, halitosis, lip and tongue ties, sensitive teeth, premature loss of baby teeth, and orthodontic problems. The best way to prevent tooth decay is to practice good oral hygiene and attend regular dental appointments. Eat a diet low in sugar and avoid frequent snacking to reduce cavity risk.
If your child plays contact sports, wearing a mouthguard can reduce their risk of oral injuries. Halitosis is a foul breath odor caused by bacteria that produces sulfur. This is usually caused by poor oral hygiene and a dental cleaning can improve this.
If your child has sensitive teeth, this could be because they naturally have thin or sensitive teeth or it could be a sign of an oral health problem like a cavity. Get this checked, reduce exposure to hot and cold foods, and use toothpaste for sensitive teeth.
When teeth are lost too soon, we will place a space maintainer in your child’s mouth to prevent the teeth from drifting and blocking the eruption of the permanent tooth. Your child should get an orthodontic screening by age 7 to catch early warning signs of orthodontic issues. This allows us to treat things early and prevent the need for more invasive options later down the road. Call us today to learn more!