Preventive dentistry can play a significant role in helping your child achieve and maintain healthy teeth and gums. One of the goals of preventive dentistry is preventing oral health issues from developing in the first place. Preventive, dentistry also involves identifying minor oral health threats and treating them promptly before they lead to more serious problems. Dr. Jody Cremer, the skilled and friendly pediatric dentist at NRH Pediatric Dentistry in North Richland Hill, TX, offers preventive dentistry to help your child enjoy optimal oral health.
What is Preventive Dentistry?
A primary emphasis of preventive dentistry is to prevent oral health problems by providing essential dental care to keep teeth and gums healthy. Preventing serious oral health issues can spare your child from undergoing potentially complicated and costly dental procedures or treatments down the road.
There can be many components to preventive dentistry, such as oral exams and teeth cleanings. We provide several preventive dentistry services at our office in North Richland Hill, TX, including:
Routine Checkups — Children should have their first dental exam around one year of age, and then every six months thereafter. Routine dental checkups include an oral exam, X-rays, and dental cleaning. Oral exams and X-rays allow the pediatric dentist to check for potential issues so they can be treated right away. Dental cleanings are important for removing cavity-causing plaque and tartar buildup.
Dental Sealants — Dental sealants help prevent cavities in the molars, which are especially susceptible to decay since they have a large chewing surface with numerous grooves and crevices where cavity-causing bacteria can hide. Sealants are thin, plastic coatings applied over the surface of the molars. They form a smooth barrier that prevents food particles and bacteria from becoming trapped in the crevices and grooves on the teeth.
Fluoride Treatments — Fluoride treatments help prevent tooth decay by strengthening tooth enamel. Many children already receive enough fluoride through their diet. Our skilled dental professionals can determine if your child would benefit from fluoride treatment.
Sports Mouthguards — There is always a risk of sustaining an oral injury when participating in sports or other physical activities. A sports mouthguard can protect your child’s teeth from potential injury.
Benefits of Preventive Dentistry
Preventive dentistry offers multiple benefits. It helps kids enjoy better oral health and reduces their risk of developing tooth decay and other issues. Additionally, potential problems can be identified early on and treated before they have a chance to become worse. Preventing serious oral health issues also saves you money in the long run since some conditions can be costly to treat. Finally, scheduling regular preventive dentistry appointments for children encourages them to continue seeing the dentist as they get older so they enjoy better oral health for life.
Preventive dentistry can play an important role in helping your child enjoy better oral health long term. To schedule your child’s next routine checkup with Dr. Cremer at our preventive dentistry practice, call NRH Pediatric Dentistry in North Richland Hill, TX, at (817) 427-1700.