Preventive Care in Decatur, IL
Much of what happens in a child’s beginning years sets the stage for the rest of their life. Regular dentist check-ups start your child down the road to healthy teeth and good habits. We would like the opportunity to be a part of your child’s development!
Preventive dental care is just as important as routine check-ups with your pediatrician. These check-ups give your child a chance to experience our office as a fun, friendly place and also gives us the opportunity to see how your child’s mouth is growing and developing.
Regular check-ups at our Decatur children's dental office also allows us the opportunity to monitor any problems and treat them as soon as possible. The earlier we catch and diagnose a problem, the easier it is to treat.
Good Habits Start at Home – and in Our Office!
Your child’s preventive visits will usually involve a cleaning with one of our skilled and gentle hygienists. We only pick the very best to join our team, and our hygienists are specially trained to work in pediatric dentistry. We recognize that kids are not just “little adults” and have their own specific needs.
Your child’s hygienist will also review techniques and provide useful advice so that you can help teach your child proper care of their teeth at home. We will discuss specific information such as brushing and flossing and this is important to help dislodge plaque that can build up on teeth. This plaque can cause tartar, gingivitis, and cavities and must be removed by special tools. Tartar build-up places your child at risk for developing cavities and even gum disease.
Preventive Treatments for Healthy Teeth
Cleanings and check-ups with Dr. Bret are important of course, but there are other services we offer to help keep your child’s smile sparkling:
- Dental sealants – Molars are one of the top places for kids to develop cavities. This is usually due to two factors: the difficulty kids have reaching those teeth in the back and the deep grooves in the teeth where bacteria love to hide. Sealants are thin coatings that are applied to the teeth to seal off the grooves so bacteria can’t get in. They are non-invasive and easy to place. If we think sealants are right for your child, we will let you know!
- Fluoride – Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that has been shown to make tooth enamel more resistant to cavities. Fluoride is found in toothpaste and other dental products as well as the local water supply. Most kids get sufficient fluoride that way, but if your child avoids drinking tap water, they may not be adequately protected. A fluoride varnish, applied after their cleaning, will help protect your child’s teeth against cavities.
- Mouth guards – Sports are great for helping kids stay active and get enough exercise, but unfortunately, we see a lot of dental injuries connected to athletics. These injuries can often be prevented with a mouth guard. To learn more about mouthguards and whether your child athlete could benefit from one, give our office a call!