At MMS Family Dentistry, our team is ready to take great care of everyone in your household, and this includes its youngest members! Our own Dr. Christopher Stevenson can provide a wide range of services for children aged 6 months to 18 years, and he knows just how to keep little (and not so little!) ones comfortable during their appointments. At our office, we’ll treat your child like one of our own as we safeguard their smile and help them form healthy habits that will benefit them well into adulthood. To schedule your child’s next (or first!) dental visit, contact us today.
Ongoing preventive dental care is important for everyone, but especially children, as their enamel doesn’t fully harden until age 14 – plus, they aren’t exactly the best brushers in the world! Both of these factors make younger patients particularly vulnerable to cavities, but with regular checkups and cleanings, we can ensure your child’s teeth stay nice and strong throughout every stage of development. As soon as your son or daughter’s first tooth appears, we’ll be happy to see them here at MMS Family Dentistry, and we’ll tailor our approach based on their unique needs to deliver a strong, healthy smile.
In addition to using a fluoridated toothpaste at home, your child can also benefit from a topical fluoride treatment at their regular checkups and cleanings. This service only takes a minute to apply, but it can seriously fortify the enamel and make your child much less likely to develop cavities. We simply place a gel onto the teeth, and that’s it! This will provide a huge boost in cavity protection that will last all the way until your child’s next dental visit.
Out of all the teeth, the most likely place a child will develop a cavity is on the ones in the back, also known as the molars and premolars. They are the most difficult for little hands to brush, and their deeply grooved surfaces easily trap plaque and food particles. Fortunately, dental sealants can help these teeth stay safe by placing an invisible shield over them. We simply apply a thin layer of a clear, plastic-based substance onto the enamel where it quickly hardens, sealing the teeth off from harmful plaque and bacteria that could lead to decay.
Most of the time, if a child develops a cavity, it only affects the outermost layer of a tooth, or the enamel. However, if left untreated for a long time, decay can actually reach the sensitive nerve inside a tooth called the dental pulp and cause an infection that leads to quite a bit of pain. Rather than simply remove the tooth, we can save it with pulp therapy. After numbing the child’s mouth, we remove the damaged pulp, clean the inside of the tooth, and cap it to restore its strength and structure. This will quickly alleviate any discomfort and enable the tooth to function like normal for years to come.