When you get to see your child’s smile grow, it can remind you why you decided to become a parent. Of course, in order to ensure their smile is healthy, you’ll need to help them build the best dental habits early on. Not only do you need to teach them how to brush and floss at home, but you’ll want to bring them to Healthy Smiles Dental Care in Chelsea for their exams and dental cleanings as well! You can always count on our team to treat your child with respect, kindness, and the patience the need to get comfortable at their first visit.
It’s not uncommon for children to be scared or frightened by dental visits. While the sights and sounds may be concerning to them, we’ve made it our goal to ensure they feel as comfortable as possible. This way, they won’t feel afraid when it’s time for them to return for necessary treatments. Once we’ve carefully examined their mouth and teeth for any issues, we will gently, yet carefully, clean their teeth and remove any plaque or tartar that’s present. If we have any specific concerns about the way your child’s mouth is developing, we’ll make sure you know.
While decay can happen in all teeth, they are most likely to occur in the molars as they are particularly vulnerable due to their proximity to the back of the mouth. This makes them more difficult to brush. Additionally, molars contain multiple grooves where food debris and bacteria can become trapped. Since they are still learning their oral care, children can have trouble keeping teeth clean. That’s why we often recommend dental sealants for children between the ages of 5 and 14. Dental sealants are a great cost-effective solution for cavity reduction and applying them only takes a few minutes to complete! We start by applying the sealant in its liquid form, then give it time to dry inside the tooth. This won’t entirely remove the risk of cavity development, but it can make oral care easier as your child perfects it.
Before you send your child to play their favorite sport, whether it’s football, basketball, hockey, or another contact sport, you’ll need to make sure they are protected. Unsurprisingly, athletes lose 5 million teeth every year. Thankfully, most of these injuries can be avoided with a proper mouthguard. While you can find mouthguards in most stores, the best way to ensure long-term protection is with a custom-made oral appliance from our office. By choosing a custom solution, their oral appliance will remain much more comfortable overall as well.
Is your infant having trouble breastfeeding? Do they struggle to swallow their food? This could be due to a lip-tie or tongue-tie. These are two common conditions that are caused by an overdeveloped band of tissue. This reduces the movement of their lip and tongue, both of which play a major role in basic oral functions. Our office can perform a frenectomy to free your child’s mouth as well as promote positive development of their smile. Overall, the procedure only takes 10 to 15 minutes. During every minute of treatment, we help keep your child comfortable.
In the event that your child’s tooth becomes damaged or infected, they may begin to experience a high level of discomfort. They may also experience additional problems related to their oral health. Pulp therapy works to treat the pulp, ensuring we can save their natural tooth and allow their smile to grow as intended, without the need for tooth replacement. This treatment, known as a pulpotomy, involves removing the part of the pulp and is less invasive as a pulpectomy, which involves taking out all soft tissue, nerves, and blood vessels within the tooth.