Yes. At Camelback Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, we recommend that everyone visit the dentist at least once per year, regardless of age. Even toddlers need to see the dentist. This is because everyone is susceptible to getting cavities and gum disease. For example, baby bottle tooth decay can impact two-year-old children that are prone to taking a bottle or juice to bed. Simultaneously, even seniors that have experienced full tooth loss need to visit the dentist to maintain their oral health. With that in mind, regardless of how old you are or what your situation is – you should visit the dentist for routine dental care.
When you visit our office for routine dental care, we will do several things. First, we will examine your child's teeth with a visual inspection. We will look at every single tooth to determine if your child has any tooth decay. We will also look at your child's gums to see if there are signs of gum disease and take images of the mouth to see if there are any infections not visible to the naked eye. If we identify anything, we will discuss a treatment plan with you. Otherwise, we will proceed with cleaning your child's teeth and gums. Depending on your child's age, we will also recommend specific procedures that can prevent future cavities. For example, we often recommend fluoride as part of routine dental care. Fluoride is a mineral that, when placed on the teeth can strengthen them and reduce the risk of getting cavities by 30 percent. If your child tends to get cavities or live in an area that does not have city water, this simple procedure can help your child to stay healthy. As a bonus, getting a fluoride treatment is painless and fast.
In children, we often recommend dental sealant as well. A dental sealant can be placed onto teeth with deep ridges and work as a barrier, preventing plaque and bacteria from becoming trapped and causing cavities. Tooth sensitivity can also occur due to a loss of enamel. This leaves the dentin underneath exposed and susceptible to irritation when your child eats or drinks. Fortunately, we can perform a bonding procedure to protect the dentin in your child's teeth. In order to do so, we will apply a tooth-colored material to the surface of the teeth, shape it and harden it using a special light. Once done, your child will have a natural-looking outer layer that replaces the lost enamel and reduces any sensitivity he or she might be feeling. This is one procedure that can be easily performed during routine dental care and will often prevent the need for crowns in the future. To learn more about bonding, we invite you to call (602) 595-3531
and schedule an appointment with our Phoenix pediatric dental office.