When Should I Take My Child to the Dentist?
It is recommended to bring your child to the dentist when they turn one or when their first tooth erupts. This allows your dentist to track their oral health from an early age and familiarizes your child with the process of going to the dentist to minimize dental anxiety. But don’t worry, if you haven’t brought your child in yet, the best time to start is now! At Miles of Little Smiles, we accept children of all ages in Westchester. We offer a full suite of preventive treatments that will help keep little smiles bright and healthy. Our team is skilled and knowledgeable when it comes to providing thoughtful, gentle, and engaging dental care.
Pediatric Dental Cleanings and X-Rays
At your child’s routine visit, one of our doctors will gently clean your child’s teeth to remove any plaque and tartar that may have built-up. Also, our team will perform a brief but thorough dental exam to determine if any oral health issues are present. If any are found, we may recommend a set of x-rays to get a more detail view of the problem. If you approve, we will take a quick set of x-rays and move forward with a treatment plan.
Dental sealants are a great option for protecting teeth that are prone to cavities. This treatment is usually applied to the rear molars as their larger surface area and deep grooves tend to hold onto food particles and accumulate oral bacteria. The sealant is a smooth dental resin that will be painted onto the teeth and hardened with a UV light. This resin acts as a barrier to prevent the enamel from coming in contact with food and bacteria. When applied properly, dental sealants can protect teeth for 10 years or more!
Fluoride Treatments for Kids
Fluoride is a mineral that is naturally found in tooth enamel. Dr. Mila or Dr. Dee will paint a fluoride-rich substance onto your child’s tooth, let in sit for a couple of minutes, and then rinse it away. This fluoride can reverse minor decay through remineralization. Essentially, the fluoride attracts more healthy minerals which the teeth will absorb. It’s like vitamins for your teeth!
How Can I Help My Child Avoid Cavities?
You can help your child prevent cavities by sticking to an at-home oral hygiene routine. Make sure they are brushing twice per day and flossing once per day. If you brush and floss with them, they can mimic your good habits. Plus, you will be able to supervise them to make sure they are brushing and flossing properly. If your child is very young, it is important to continue to brush and floss for them until they can tie their shoes on their own. This is a sign that they have enough manual dexterity to properly clean their own teeth.
The Importance of Preventive Dental Care for Children in White Plains
By bringing your child in to Miles of Little Smiles in White Plains every six-months, Dr. Mila or Dr. Dee will be able to track your child’s oral health and development and catch any potential dental issues early, before they turn into costly problems. Also, regular dental visits help familiarize your child with their dental office and establish strong dental hygiene habits early-on for lifelong dental health. Give us a call at (914) 949-6655 to get started today!