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Helping Your Kids Enjoy Good Oral Hygiene

July 1, 2019

When children consume more sugary snacks and drinks than they should, and don’t take proper care of their smiles, this is a recipe for cavities and toothaches. However, parents in Kansas City, MO, can take a few easy steps to help boost their child’s oral health. We also offer preventive care to strengthen oral health and let little smiles shine.

A girl with a dental problem

Our Preventive Treatment Options

If we find your little one is susceptible to tooth decay, we may administer a preventive treatment to help protect the teeth. For some, we may offer fluoride treatments, which involves applying a special fluoride varnish to the teeth in a few short minutes. The varnish helps strengthen the outer layers of tooth enamel, reducing the risk of cavities forming. We also offer dental sealants. We apply a thin plastic coating to the rear teeth, the teeth that are often difficult for kids to reach when brushing and flossing. The sealants keep food from becoming trapped between these teeth, which helps prevent the onset of tooth decay. The sealants then wear away naturally with time, and we can reapply them in future visits.

The Benefits of Routine Checkups and Cleanings

Following their initial visit after the arrival of the first baby tooth, we may suggest routine checkups and cleanings every six months. Regular office visits enable our team to monitor your child’s smile as it grows and changes, catching the onset of serious trouble and offering treatment. For example, we can identify and treat cavities, pinpoint the development of misalignment, and watch for the warning signs of gingivitis. The cleaning portion of the visit allows us to remove all plaque from the teeth, a process that limits the risk of cavities and gum inflammation, while also offering fresh breath and brighter smiles.

Educational Opportunities

We also take time to talk to your children about their smiles. Our team wants them to understand their oral health, and the importance of routine care and treatment. We can cover proper brushing and flossing, and even discuss healthier snack options at home. Remember, brushing twice a day and flossing every night before bed is essential for safeguarding the health and appearance of smiles of all ages! With the right steps, children can help protect their smiles in between their routine six-month visits. If you have any questions about caring for your little one’s smile, or if you would like to schedule a visit for your child, then please contact our team today.

Schedule Your Child’s Visit Today

We want to make sure your kids enjoy healthy smiles for years to come! To learn more about our approach to children’s dentistry, then please schedule a consultation by calling Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, MO, today at 816-427-4018.