It’s never too early to introduce children to proper hygiene. Before their teeth begin to show, you can keep their gums clean by wiping them gently with a clean, moist cloth or gauze. After the first tooth erupts, you should invest in an infant toothbrush to keep it and those that come after it clean. By the age of three, children should begin visiting the dentist for regular exams and cleanings to ensure proper dental growth and development. For children who are at high risk of cavities, or who exhibit cases of malocclusion (crooked teeth), Dr. Okoniewski offers several treatments designed specifically to address childhood dental concerns.
Cavities are the most common threat to primary and permanent teeth alike, and some children may be at a higher risk than others. Dental sealants are thin layers of biodegradable acrylic that are applied over the chewing surfaces of back teeth (molars). They prevent food and bacteria from gathering between the cusps of molars’ chewing surfaces, and are especially useful for children who are less adept at keeping their teeth clean on a daily basis.
The enamel around human teeth is comprised almost completely of minerals, and is the most resilient substance our bodies produce. Cavities form when enamel grows weak, so fluoride treatments help strengthen the developing enamel on children’s teeth to better prevent cavities.
When a child’s teeth are crooked, the condition will grow increasingly worse as the permanent teeth and jawbone structure continue to develop. Orthodontic braces are designed to straighten children’s teeth to promote proper, more symmetrical teeth and jawbone development, avoiding potentially severe problems as they grow older.
For athletic children, mouthguards could be vital to protecting their young smiles. You can purchase a generic mouthguard from most athletic equipment stores, or we can custom-design one in our office for a more personalized fit. A custom-made mouthguard will prove more durable than a generic model, and your child will be more likely to wear it due to its comfortable, form-fitting design.
Schedule Your Child’s Next Dental Visit
Give your child a good start on excellent dental health by scheduling dental visits early and routinely. To schedule your child’s next dental visit, call Advanced Dental Concepts in Auburn Hills, MI today at (248) 852-1820.