Importance of Pediatric Dentistry
During a pediatric visit, Dr. Correa will examine your child’s teeth and oral structures carefully to ensure that they are growing and developing properly. She will also check for signs of cavities, tooth damage, and problems with your child’s tooth alignment, among many other things. Before each exam and treatment procedure, Dr. Correa and our team will help ensure that your child is comfortable and relaxed, and understands what to expect.
What to Expect with Children’s Dentistry
Your child’s dental visit may include nothing more than an exam and cleaning. Sometimes, however, more involved treatment may be necessary, especially if a cavity develops or if Dr. Correa detects problems with the alignment of your child’s teeth.
Fluoride and Dental Sealants
- Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral that bonds to and protects the outer layer (enamel) of your children’s teeth, blocking oral bacteria (and dental plaque) that could cause tooth decay. It can be found in many toothpaste brands, and can be applied directly to your child’s teeth at our office.
- Dental sealants describe biocompatible plastic coatings that can be “painted” onto the chewing surfaces of one or more teeth. The sealants provide an impenetrable barrier against oral bacteria, and will dissolve on their own so there is no need to schedule a separate visit to have them removed.
If your child exhibits crooked teeth (tooth misalignment, or malocclusion), then Dr. Correa can recommend orthodontic braces to correct them. Early orthodontic treatment can guide a child’s teeth into developing properly, helping prevent the potentially extensive dental issues that could arise later in life due to crooked teeth.
When Should I Schedule My Child’s First Visit?
Children should attend an initial pediatric dental visit, or Happy Visit, by the time their first tooth appears, or shortly after their first birthday. We will not perform any treatment during this visit, but will instead check to make sure your child doesn’t exhibit early problems, and help your child grow accustomed to the dental office environment. Typically, children should begin a schedule of six month dental exams and cleanings by the time they reach three years old.