February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. However, taking care of your children’s teeth is a year-round practice. It is one of the reasons that your Lake Orion, MI, dentist offers treatment options for your child. When you bring your child in for an appointment with us, we will make sure she or he is well cared for and relaxed because we want them to be more receptive to future visits and open to learning how to brush and floss properly. Our children’s dentistry options help ensure that your child is on the right track for good oral health.
What To Expect During A Checkup For Your Child
A regular dental checkup for your child is no different than it is for an adult. We will look at their teeth and gums, using a mirror and a tool, for any instances of decay, inflammation, or tooth weakness. We may also take x-rays so that we can have a baseline for future appointments. During the cleaning process, we may recommend a fluoride treatment to help prevent cavities. Another option we may suggest is dental sealants. These are thin films applied to the surfaces of a child’s back teeth. Because this part of the mouth is sometimes hard to reach with brushing and flossing, this barrier will help protect them from cavity-causing bacteria.
How To Help Your Child Get Ready To Visit The Dentist
Sometimes, children can feel anxious about visiting the dentist. This is often caused by fear of the unknown. The tools and machines are probably things they have never seen before. However, you can help them feel less nervous by talking to them about what to expect during their examination. A good way to do that is by checking out a book from your local library that will illustrate what happens during a dental checkup and cleaning. You and your child can read the book together before your appointment. And if your child has a question, answer it the best you can or write it down to ask the dentist when you are at the office.
Taking Care Of Your Child’s Teeth At Home
While regular visits with us are a part of your child’s oral health practice, there are habits you can help instill in them at home that are good for their teeth. If you guessed we were going to suggest brushing, you are correct. Have your child brush her or his teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time. Also, have your child floss each night before going to bed.
Schedule An Appointment For Your Child With Us
We would be honored to be the dentist of choice for your child. Visit to learn more about how we can help your child maintain good dental health. To schedule an appointment, call Lake Orion Family Dentistry in Lake Orion, MI, today at 248-693-6213.