Glen dentist Mary Ellen Hoye(708 301-3444)
recommends children enjoy their 1st dental visit by age 3.
Pediatric Dental Care
Dental visits should begin as early as one year old. These visits may consist of examination and parental guidance for a healthy dental future. Beginning early enables the child to have many wonderful simple visits that will hopefully continue as such throughtout his/her lifetime. Prevention is the key.
Fluoride is the most effective agent available to help prevent tooth decay. It is a mineral that is naturally present in varying amounts in almost all foods and water supplies. The benefits of fluoride have been well known for over 50 years and are supported by many health and professional organizations.
I may recommend the use of home and/or professional fluoride treatments for the following reasons:
- Deep pits and grooves on the surfaces of teeth.
- Exposed sensitive root surfaces.
- Fair to poor oral hygiene habits.
- Frequent sugar and carbohydrate intake.
- Inadequate exposure to fluorides.
- Reduced saliva flow due to medical conditions, medical treatments or medications.
- History of dental decay.
A sealant is a thin, plastic coating applied to the chewing surface of molars, premolars and any deep grooves (called pits and fissures) of teeth. More than 73% of dental decay begins in these deep grooves. Teeth with these conditions are hard to clean and are very susceptible to decay. A sealant protects the tooth by sealing deep grooves, creating a smooth, easy to clean surface.
Sealants can protect teeth from decay for many years, but need to be checked for wear and chipping at regular dental visits.
Reasons for sealants:
- Children and teenagers - As soon as the six-year molars (the first permanent back teeth) appear or any time throughout the cavity prone years of 6-16.
- Adults - Tooth surfaces without decay that have deep grooves or depressions.
- Baby teeth - Occasionally done if teeth have deep grooves or depressions and child is cavity prone.
Custom Sports Mouthguards
Now that these adult teeth are moving in we sure do want to protect them. Custom Sports Mouthguards are the best choice.
Look Mom...no baby teeth! Yes, your little one is not exactly little any longer and there are still possibly a few baby teeth lingering. Matter of fact, by age 9 we encourage a complimentary orthodontic evaluation.
WISDOM TEETH (3RD MOLARS)
What's next? Well, planning ahead is still the right choice. Just as all the prior years have passed too quickly, so will these high school days. Although every one develops at a different pace (even brothers and sisters), evaluating the wisdom teeth (third molars) are important for many reasons.