Your child’s first dental appointment should take place right around their first birthday. From preventative cleanings to protective dental sealants, our goal is to help your child avoid everyday tooth decay and have a strong smile that will last years into adulthood.
During the initial dental check-up we will discuss your child’s medical and dental history. Your child’s teeth will be examined and cleaned to remove any plaque or unsightly stain build-up that could irritate gums or cause tooth decay. Your child’s systemic fluoride status will be evaluated and a fluoride varnish may be applied to prevent cavities and strengthen teeth. Your child will also learn the proper techniques for brushing and flossing and the importance of limited snacking.
People often don't realize the importance of baby teeth. Baby teeth are mainly in place to keep space available for a permanent tooth to grow in healthily. When baby teeth are lost, it paves a way for permanent teeth to grow in. When baby teeth are lost prematurely, space maintainers are normally used to save the place for an adult tooth.
Space maintainers are made of stainless steel, but some are made of plastic. They will typically be silver in appearance unless otherwise arranged and anchored in place by another tooth. The space maintainers can be removable, but some are cemented onto the abutment teeth these are called fixed space maintainers.