Helping Children Start School With Healthy Smiles

auburn hills children's dentistryChildren will be heading back to school in the next couple weeks, which means parents are now helping them pick up their supplies and clothes. But don’t forget about their smiles! With a back-to-school checkup, your Auburn Hills, MI, dentist can help children enjoy bright and healthy smiles on their first day and beyond.

Going Back to School

Once the new school year begins, things will become a lot more hectic for your family. Between classes and extracurricular activities, finding time to see the dentist could be difficult and little smiles could suffer as a result! Which is why we suggest a visit now, before the year even starts or at least in the first week or two. Our team will conduct a checkup and cleaning and should we discover any areas of concern, we can offer treatment. In fact, many treatments, such as dental fillings, can be completed in only one visit!

Checkups and Dental Cleanings

The checkup means we use digital x-rays and intraoral cameras to carefully make a thorough diagnosis. This means we can uncover problems in the earliest stages, often before kids experience discomfort. We’ll look for tooth decay and dental infection, as well as gingivitis. We also assess the arrival/loss of primary teeth and the eruption of permanent teeth to make sure misalignment isn’t an issue. In the same visit, our team can also clean the teeth. A dental cleaning is a simple process that uses an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool to break up and remove all plaque and tartar buildup. This means brighter smiles and fresher breath, but also a lowered risk for cavities and periodontal issues like gingivitis.

Preventive Treatments for Children

In the same visit, we could discuss preventive treatments to help lower the risk of cavities during the school year. For example, each checkup will involve the application of a topical fluoride to the teeth. This naturally occurring mineral helps strengthen the outer enamel to make cavities less likely. You can also find this in toothpaste too!

Many children have trouble reaching their rear teeth when they brush and floss, so cavities are more likely to develop here. But with dental sealants, we apply a plastic coating to prevent food particles from becoming trapped here. They can stay in place for up to ten years and wear away gradually, clinging the longest to the more vulnerable parts of the tooth structure.

If you have any questions about children’s dentistry, then contact our team today to learn more.

Do You Have Questions About Children’s Dentistry?

To learn more about the steps you can take to practice better prevention, contact Advanced Dental Concepts in Auburn Hills, MI by calling 248-852-1820 and schedule your next appointment with our team today.