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Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric dentistry includes all aspects of oral health for children who are still developing. It involves many of the same types of procedures used with adults. Each treatment and procedure is designed, however, for the unique needs of developing children, depending upon their individual medical history and special concerns.

Here are a few of the most common types of pediatric dental treatments.

Fluoride Treatment

Fluoride is a mineral that is naturally found in the soil and in rocks. Your dental hygienist will be applying fluoride to your child’s teeth following their next cleaning to help prevent cavities and tooth decay.

Fluoride helps to keep their teeth strong and reduce the risk of developing plaque accumulation that can cause tooth decay over time.

Pediatric Dental Sealants

Pediatric dental sealants are a fast and painless treatment that help to provide a shield against the entry of the oral bacteria that cause cavities.

Dental Sealants Fast Facts:

  • No drilling or shots required
  • Fast treatment
  • Prevents up to 80% of cavities, according to the American Dental Association
  • Saves money in the long run by preventing unnecessary and costly dental work

Dental sealants go on as a liquid that is painted over the chewing surfaces of your child’s back molars, which are often difficult to reach and clean. The sealants will then harden to provide a solid barrier to the entry of oral bacteria.

Mouthguards

If you have a child who is taking part in sporting activities, you should consider getting them a mouthguard to protect their teeth. These are custom-fit devices that help reduce teeth injuries, as well as injuries to the lips, jaw, face, gums, and surrounding tissues.

Regular Exams and Cleanings

These are extremely important appointments that are critical in maintaining the oral health of your child. During their regular dental exam, we will:

  • Look for signs of early problems that are not always detectable at home
  • Check for cavities or signs of tooth decay
  • Examine teeth and gums for symptoms of gingivitis (gum disease)
  • Provide a thorough professional polishing and cleaning of your child’s teeth

Pediatric dental exams normally take around 45 minutes to complete. The examination will also involve a comprehensive cleaning of your child’s teeth for the removal of plaque that may have accumulated since their last visit.

Most children visit for a dental exam and cleaning every six months. This is a good opportunity for you to ask any questions that you may have about the oral health of your child. You may want to write down your questions beforehand so that you don’t forget anything.

Schedule Your Child's Appointment

If you have postponed your child’s most recent dental exam and cleaning appointment for any reason, we strongly encourage you to get them back on track by contacting us to schedule their next appointment as soon as possible so that they maintain their oral health.

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If you have questions about Galleria Dental Arts, get in touch with our friendly team today at (703) 368-9777.