Compassionate, Gentle Children’s Dentistry
Dr. Lo and her team are known for their skilled hands and their true commitment to patient comfort. For this reason, Pure Smile Dental is a great choice for pediatric dental care. We encourage you to bring your child in for a visit as soon as possible. When we begin preventive dental treatment at an early age, we can more effectively protect your little one’s smile for life. We can also teach you and your child about good at-home dental hygiene to further boost your family’s dental health.
Cleanings and Exams
Just as they are for adults, routine checkups and cleanings are essential for pediatric dental health. Children are just as likely to suffer cavities as their parents – and sometimes more so. Regular dental cleanings can remove the bacteria, plaque, and tartar that lead to decay. Tooth decay is a cyclical problem. Individuals who develop cavities as children are more likely to get them as adults. Therefore, it is important to be proactive about your child’s oral health.
Sealants and Fluoride Treatments
Along with regular dental visits, sealants and fluoride treatments are important for children’s teeth. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that can strengthen teeth and prevent dental erosion. Though fluoride is important for adults, as well, kids often derive the most benefit from fluoride supplements. The mineral will be incorporated into their developing tooth structure. After your child’s molars come in, sealants can prevent decay. We will apply these thin coatings to the tops of their back teeth, and they will keep bacteria and food from gathering in between the cusps. Sealants can last for decades, providing outstanding protection for your child’s long-term dental health.
How Often Should Your Child Visit the Dentist?
Like adults, children should visit the dentist about every six months, or as often as recommended for their individual dental needs. We encourage you to bring your little one in around his or her first birthday, or no more than six months after the first tooth erupts.