One of the most important aspects of oral health is preventative care. The purpose of preventative dentistry is to identify the potential for problems in order to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. The American Dental Association recommends a dental cleaning every 6-12 months, new radiographs every 12-36 months and a dental exam yearly.
- It is recommended by the ADA that children begin to see the dentist at age 1. This may seem early, but the first tooth usually erupts around 6 months of age. The dentist and hygienist will teach you when teeth come in, how to take care of your child’s teeth, whether fluoride should be considered, and will do an exam to check for normal development and oral health. Cleanings will often begin around age 3 or when the child is ready to “take a ride in the chair”. We may start with a toothbrush only or use the polisher to let the child become adapted to the dentist. A traditional cleaning with instruments may begin around age 5. Our goal is not only to monitor and ensure dental health for your child, it is also to create a positive experience leading to a life-time of comfortable dental care and overall dental health.
- If decay is found in a child’s mouth, it is important to have this treated. Baby teeth are smaller with thinner enamel so decay can progress quickly, possibly causing infection which can threaten the developing adult tooth and even the overall health of the child. Baby teeth also function to hold space for the adult teeth. Early loss of a baby tooth can cause changes in the bite leading to a lifetime of consequences.
- Tooth colored fillings
When a tooth is broken down with decay, an old leaky silver filling, or a crack, tooth colored fillings can repair the damage and restore your tooth to its natural color. The color of the material is selected specifically to match the surrounding tooth structure, often making them invisible. Tooth colored fillings will take away those embarrassing dark areas when you smile or laugh and can be done in one visit. With proper material selection and attention to detail in placement, tooth colored fillings can be a long-lasting alternative to the older metal or mercury fillings. (Note: Mount Pleasant Dental Care does not offer mercury amalgam fillings.)
- Keeping dentistry comfortable for children
Coming to the dentist can be stressful for a child. We strive to make every appointment as pleasant and safe as possible for children and their parents. We are trained with many techniques to help children cope such as using gentle language, showing them almost everything we will be using and distractions such as books, headphones and just talking to each other. In addition, painless techniques are always employed – including painless injections when local anesthetic is necessary. Amazingly, children are almost never even aware they just had a “shot.”
- If fear of the dentist makes the experience too much for a child, mild sedation may be an option. The doctors will make a thorough assessment to determine if your child is a candidate and sedation is a safe option. We follow a well-tested protocol that is safe and effective and have top quality monitoring equipment and advanced training in emergency preparedness.