Compassionate Care for the Littlest Smiles
In many ways, our children’s dentistry services are much like our general dentistry services for adults. We focus on preventive care to ensure that young patients enjoy healthy smiles for life. However, we have a special knack for treating children, and we know how to make dental visits fun. We also offer treatments especially suited for pediatric patients.
What to Expect during Your Child’s Visit
When your child comes in for a visit, we will first get to know him or her, and make sure that your little one is completely comfortable. We will show your child the office, the tools, and the dental chair. As parents ourselves, we have experience making children feel more at ease in the new environment. Once your child is relaxed, we will perform a complete dental checkup and cleaning, using gentle methods. We will also look for cavities and other dental damage using advanced diagnostic technology, and can capture digital images for more comprehensive inspection, especially to monitor tooth alignment.
In addition to exams and cleanings, we also offer sealants and fluoride treatments. These two treatments are especially suitable for young smiles, although adults can sometimes benefit from them, as well. Fluoride is an important mineral, and it can strengthen teeth, especially in the developmental stages. Although many foods and most city water supplies contain fluoride, it is not enough to protect children’s smiles fully. Washes, rinses, and varnishes can provide further protection against enamel erosion and decay. Once your child’s molars start to come in, we can recommend placing dental sealants. One of our experienced team members will place this plastic coating on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. As it dries, the material will form a barrier, preventing food from gathering in the deep crevices.
The Importance of Pediatric Dentistry
Proper dental care is important at all ages, but it is especially vital in childhood. Decay is a cyclical problem. Once you develop dental decay, you are more likely to suffer from further cavities in the future. By providing effective preventive care at an early age, we can help protect your child’s smile well into adulthood. In addition, we can teach you and your little one about the best ways to brush, floss, and eat to protect your smile. In this way, we hope to establish good dental habits that will benefit your child for life.
Should Your Child Visit the Dentist?
Children should have their first dental visits about six months after their first teeth come in. Following this initial appointment, they should continue to come in for biannual exams and cleanings. If your child has one or more teeth, and he or she has not yet had an initial dental visit, you should schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Call Scott Dooley Dentistry in Garland, TX, today at 972-495-8100. We also proudly serve the residents of Dallas, Richardson, Wylie, Sachse, and all surrounding communities.