Your child has the most precious smile in the world. In order to keep it that way, it’s important to see their children’s dentist in Carrollton from a young age. Even though their baby teeth fall out, brushing and flossing is still crucial, as well as seeing Dr. Ton at least twice a year for regular checkups and cleanings. This way she can make sure your little one’s smile is growing in happy and healthy.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends your little one first see their dentist by the age of 12 months, or within 6 months of their first baby tooth coming in. At this point, it’s advised to start brushing your little one’s tooth with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and a dab of toothpaste the size of a grain of rice. That way, you can prevent cavities and infections like gum disease that could hurt your kid’s precious smile. In addition, start flossing between their teeth as soon as they have two teeth that touch.
The first time you take your child to see Dr. Ton, she will perform an oral exam to make sure everything is growing and developing properly. She may also do a gentle polishing to remove plaque, tartar, and surface stains to make your child’s budding smile shine. This appointment should take roughly 30-45 minutes. After the first visit with Dr. Ton, your kid should return to see her at least once every 6 months.
Here are some ways to keep your little one’s smile health between appointments:
We love watching little smiles grow up happy and healthy, and we offer a few services to help them along the way, such as:
Sometimes little hands have a hard time reaching to brush the molars in the back of the mouth. That’s where dental sealants come in. Dr. Ton will paint this plastic-like coating onto the grooves of your child’s back teeth to keep bacteria from entering and creating cavities.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that can be found in lots of places, like the food you eat and even in most tap water. This is a good thing, because fluoride actually makes teeth stronger against decay! After your routine checkup and cleaning, a member of Dr. Ton’s team can apply a layer of fluoride to your child’s teeth to provide a little extra protection from cavities.
If your child is an athlete, they need al the protection from injury they can get. That’s why Dr. Ton creates sports mouthguards to keep your young one’s developing smile safe from impact. These comfortable, custom-made plastic trays are worn over the teeth to prevent dental emergencies from affecting your little athlete’s performance.