You may already know that oral healthcare for your child is important, but did you know that tooth decay is one of the leading chronic health problems for kids in the US? This causes children to miss an average of 51 million hours of school per year. For reasons like diet and lack of proper brushing and flossing technique, kids in general have a higher risk of cavities and decay. At Denton Dental Center, we offer numerous children’s dentistry services to prevent and treat their dental issues with expert care. Read on to see how Dr. Todd Balington and his team can help prevent and treat your son or daughter’s oral health problems.
Taking your child to the dentist’s office is good but finding them a dentist who they can feel comfortable with is better! A kid-friendly dentist is vital to your child’s growth and development along with their oral health because it will influence their perception of dental care for the rest of their life. This means that the more positive experiences that they have early on, the higher their chances are of a good oral healthcare routine in the future. That’s why Dr. Balington and his team are experienced in providing comfortable, quality, and even fun care for your little ones.
We offer dental sealants as a way of preventing cavities for your children before they occur in the first place. We can place thin layers of tooth-colored resin on the chewing surfaces of your child’s adult molars as soon as they grow in. These teeth are not only used the most for chewing, but they also have small nooks and crannies that make an easy place for cavities to form. Using dental sealants, Dr. Balington can seal off these important teeth, smoothing them out while also keeping your child’s teeth strong and protected.
Fluoride is another proactive treatment that we recommend for children because it helps strengthen their tooth enamel. While it’s impossible to grow lost enamel back, fluoride can preserve it for the future. Dr. Balington, an expert dentist in Denton, can apply fluoride in the form of a varnish directly onto your son or daughter’s teeth for a safe and effective treatment. He may also recommend using a fluoridated toothpaste or mouthwash for extra protection at home.
Do your kids play sports? The most common type of dental emergencies for children are injuries to their teeth. Your son or daughter is automatically at higher risk of a cracked, broken, or knocked-out tooth during sports, which is why it’s important that they wear mouthguards. Your children’s dentist in Denton and his team custom-makes athletic mouthguards for your kids to give them the protection that they need. These mouthguards not only last much longer than store-bought options, but they feel better because they are personalized to your son or daughter’s smile.