The enjoyment of lifelong dental health and a comfortable, functional smile starts with pediatric dentistry. Establishing healthy oral habits at an early age is important and lays the foundation for maintaining a healthy smile. Fuller Dental recommends that parents and caregivers bring children in for an initial dental visit as soon as the primary teeth begin to erupt. These first visits allow your baby to become familiar with our staff and our office environment and enable your dentist to monitor their oral development and offer appropriate intervention if needed. Our focus in these early visits is on preventive dental care and early detection of dental diseases.
Preventing Cavities in Children
The prevention of oral health related disease, including tooth decay and gum disease, is the foundation of children’s dentistry in our Burlington family dentist office. Cavity prevention can be largely dependent on good oral hygiene, which includes routine visits to our Burlington, NC dentist office for a professional cleaning and examination. Your Fuller Dental dentist and hygienist will screen for the signs of decay and gum disease at every visit, seeking to treat as early and conservatively as possible and to preserve your child’s natural tooth structure. In between visits to the dentists, parents can do many things to ensure the health of their children’s teeth:
- Brushing teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste (over age 2)
- Flossing once a day
- Limiting sugary drinks and beverages
- Following recommended guidelines for nursing, bottle and sippy cup use
Our cavity prevention begins with a thorough exam, dental cleaning and screening. Our staff will make appropriate, personalized oral hygiene recommendations to help you and your child maintain a healthy smile between visits. The following treatments may be used to support a cavity-free smile:
- Dental fillings
- Fluoride treatments
- Dental sealants
Dental Services for Children in Burlington
As your child grows, their oral health needs change. At Fuller Dental, we take a comprehensive approach to patient care and offer a complete range of dental services to meet your child’s changing needs. Our staff will monitor the oral development of young patients to be sure that a stable, healthy bite is supporting normal speech development and there are no signs of musculoskeletal concerns related to the jaw. We offer services for all that a growing smile may require:
Pediatric Dentistry FAQs
Can children develop oral disease?
The establishment of both a healthy bite and good oral habits play an important role in the overall development of your young child. Oral disease, structural concerns related to the bite and poor oral health can impact physical health and well being as a child grows. In many situations, early intervention and prompt treatment can avoid more complex dental problems affecting speech development, jaw development, long term oral health and even the appearance of their smile.
Should baby teeth be pulled or left to fall out naturally?
It is very important to keep primary teeth (baby teeth) in place and healthy until they are lost naturally. Primary teeth are essential towards maintaining good nutrition, allowing children to chew properly. Likewise, primary teeth are critical for proper speech development and help to promote good self-esteem.
How do dental sealants work?
Dental sealants are used as an optional added benefit to protect your child’s teeth from decay and cavities. Dental sealants can be applied to your child’s molars in a single visit. The material is like a gel that sets on the teeth and adds a clear thin layer of film to discourage bacteria from taking hold. It is very safe for young patients and is not permanent. The process is painless.
Schedule a Dental Exam Today
The Fuller Dental team strives to provide age appropriate patient education and oral hygiene demonstrations to empower children, encouraging them to take pride in the health and appearance of their smiles. Give us a call at (336) 290-7401, or request an appointment online today.