Children’s Dentistry -- Plano, TX
Create the Foundation for Lasting Oral Health
As a parent, you strive to do everything you can to ensure your child grows and develops properly. Did you know this also involves taking care of their teeth and gums? Although the baby teeth are only in place for a few short years, they are important for your child’s development. Unfortunately, brushing and flossing aren’t enough to keep their smile healthy. They also need to see their dentist in Plano at least twice a year. Parkway Vista Dental provides the child-friendly, compassionate care young patients need for lasting oral health.
Why Does My Child Need to See a Dentist?
Regular dental care is an important part of prevention to ensure your child develops and maintains a healthy smile. The primary teeth allow them to learn how to chew and speak correctly. They also act as placeholders for the adult teeth. If a baby tooth is damaged or lost too soon, it can have lasting consequences for their oral health and development.
Besides brushing and flossing, regular dental care allows us to keep their teeth and gums healthy while monitoring their oral health. We can detect concerning areas sooner to provide quick intervention. This lessens the need for a costly or invasive treatment in the future.
When Should My Child See Their Dentist?
It’s recommended your child sees their dentist for the first time before the age of one. Although this may seem young, it allows us to earn their trust. This helps promote stress-free appointments as they grow. Not to mention, it gives us the opportunity to monitor their emerging baby teeth to create the foundation they need for lasting oral health. We recommend scheduling a cleaning and checkup at least every 6 months to nurture the development of their smile.
What Can I Expect During Their Visit?
During your child’s initial visit, it may not seem like much is going on, but rest assured, we’re using this time to learn more about your child to deliver personalized care. We take the time to get to know you and your child while addressing any concerns you have, like thumb sucking. We perform a quick examination and may clean their teeth. We’ll give you the information you need to keep their smile healthy in between appointments.
As your child becomes more familiar with our office, their visits will be more in-depth. Our dental hygienist will clean and polish their teeth to remove any accumulations left behind by their toothbrush and floss. We will also take x-rays and perform a comprehensive examination. With a complete picture of their oral health, we create a customized treatment plan. We may recommend certain preventive treatments to keep their smile healthy, including:
- Dental Sealants: The pain-free treatment provides a layer of protection between cavity-causing bacteria and your child’s enamel. This significantly reduces their risk of cavities when applied to the molars.
- Fluoride Treatment: Applying fluoride to their teeth helps strengthen the enamel. It can repair areas where erosion has occurred to reverse the early stages of decay.
- Athletic Mouthguards: A custom-crafted oral appliance reduces the risk of oral injury if trauma to the mouth occurs while playing sports.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
Give your child the foundation they need for lasting oral health. Contact our office today to schedule their cleaning and checkup.