Strengthening Your Child’s Smile

Little girl at the dentistIt is no surprise that preventive dentistry is the name of the game when it comes to maintaining a healthy smile for life. In fact, an excellent routine is well-rounded, including the practices of brushing and flossing at home, attending routine appointments, and paying mind to the foods you consume. Still, you and your family may be doing everything right, but that does not mean your little one’s smile doesn’t need a boost of strength. In today’s blog, your Lake Orion, MI dentist will take a look at the additional treatments we offer to help strengthen your child’s grin during their next checkup.

The Importance of Preventive Care

It is never too early to get your son or daughter excited about their smiles and their oral health. That being said, we encourage our patient families to begin as soon as possible by teaching the importance of proper brushing and adequate flossing to begin building up their strength. In addition to this, we encourage them to come in once every six months for a routine dental examination and cleaning in which our team will monitor the development of their grins. We will also take the time to carefully but thoroughly examine the oral cavity for any signs of damage, trauma, or inconsistent growth, as well as provide a gentle cleaning to remove tough spots of plaque.

Even with a consistent preventive routine at home and in-office, however, trouble can arise from a number of sources. Because of this, our team also offers additional treatments to build up strength.

Added Strength with Fluoride

When your little one comes in for his or her regular checkup, we can offer one of two treatments aimed at building up resistance to outside threats: fluoride treatments and dental sealants.

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that aids in protecting your teeth from bacteria and other threats. In fact, it is one of the main ingredients in most toothpaste, as it works well with your enamel by rebuilding its weakened portions. When your child comes in for their checkup, we can provide a fluoride treatment as well that involves applying the gel directly to the surfaces of the front teeth. Ask your dentist about this option the next time you visit our team.

Preventing Decay with Sealants

In addition to rebuilding enamel with fluoride, we can also provide a dental sealant treatment. This process involves painting a thin layer of dental acrylic over the surfaces of the back molars in order to fill the tiny crevices that bacteria tend to thrive in. this process adds an extra layer of protection to the back molars, ideally reducing your child’s chances of developing a cavity.

Learn More Today

Contact Lake Orion Family Dentistry in Lake Orion, MI at 248-693-6213 to learn more about the importance of your little one’s oral health, or to schedule your family’s next appointment with us today.