At Dental Care of Jackson Hole, we are proud to offer children’s dentistry. From cleanings to cavity fillings to mouthguards, we provide safe dental care. For more information about the children’s dentistry services we offer, keep reading.
What is Children’s Dentistry?
Children’s dentistry is a specialized type of dentistry. It focuses on the development of teeth. We focus on your child’s first tooth until braces and beyond. Children’s dentistry is your child’s foundation for healthy teeth. Additionally, children’s dentistry establishes good habits for your child. A focus on dental health at a young age can help them improve their health. Another reason is it can reduce dental anxiety. If your child is comfortable with the dentist, they will be less afraid to go as an adult.
Why Does My Child Need To Go To The Dentist?
There are many reasons to go to the dentist. One of the biggest reasons is to improve your child’s health. Many systemic diseases can start in the gums from poor dental hygiene. To avoid bacteria and tooth decay, focus on good dental hygiene for your child. This includes brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash twice a day. Additionally, it is important to go to the dentist twice a year.
Common Children’s Dentistry Procedures
Common procedures for children’s dentistry are below.
- Dental cleanings and exams. Begin before your child loses their first tooth or before their first birthday. In this exam, your child is welcome to sit on your lap when they are young. We will help them feel comfortable brushing their teeth. During this exam we also may take x-rays. Digital x-rays give us an in-depth look at your child’s teeth.
- Orthodontic treatment. This includes traditional metal braces and clear invisible aligners such as Invisalign. These will help your preteen and teenage child straighten misaligned teeth.
- Cavity Fillings. Dr. Schmidt and Dr. Jorgensen can do this at any age. For babies, remember not to put them to sleep with a baby bottle as this can cause baby bottle tooth decay. For older children, limit candy and sugary sweets. Rinse the mouth with water after a sugary snack to wash off sugar that attracts bacteria.
- Mouthguard Fittings. If your child is playing a contact sport, avoid tooth damage with a mouthguard. Like retainers, a mouthguard fits over the teeth to protect them. At the dentist, they can be custom fit. Visit Dental Care of Jackson Hole for more information about mouthguard.
Call Today For An Appointment
Whether your child is a year old, has their first teeth, or has not seen a dentist in a while, call our office. We would love to help improve your child’s teeth. For more information about children’s dentistry call Dental Care of Jackson Hole. We are in Jackson, Wyoming and would love to talk to you!