To ensure that your child establishes proper dental care, bring them into our office before they turn one. Their new teeth typically come in from six months to twelve months and will usually stop around the age of three. This teething process can cause excruciating discomfort for the child. To sooth the pain, place cold clean objects on the gums that are not easy to choke on. This could be wet cloth, frozen fruits/veggies or teething rings. After baby teeth settle in, their permanent teeth soon replace them. By the age of 21, your child will have 28 permanent teeth, 32 including wisdom teeth.
As soon as your child gets their first tooth, it is important to regularly check your child’s teeth every other week. If anything looks out of the ordinary be sure to bring them in immediately. Remember that sugar bugs easily attack new teeth. Our dentists recommend thorough cleanings after each meal to prevent tooth decay. When cleaning your child’s teeth, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a small amount of toothpaste. Unless advised, it is recommended that a child under the age of two does not use fluoride toothpaste.
Tooth sealants help prevent decay by “sealing” the small spaces and hard-to-reach areas around your teeth. If your child is still acquiring cavities or decay when consistently brushing their teeth after each meal, then sealants are the perfect solution. Tooth sealants last up to three to five years, making it much easier to maintain perfect oral health. After your child’s permanent teeth have arrived, it is a perfect time to have sealants in place. However, in some cases sealants may be placed on baby teeth. Adults may also use sealants if they have healthy teeth. Please contact Lakeport Dental Care if you have any questions or concerns regarding sealants.
There are two different types of filling treatments you can get when you come into Lakeport Dental Care. Direct fillings composed of silver amalgam, composite fillings and more. This treatment is completed within a single visit and is designed for patients with light to moderate tooth damage. Indirect fillings are a bit different when it comes to the materials that make up the filling. This consists of inlays, onlays, veneers, and much more. The process of indirect fillings may take up to two or more visits due to the tooth damage and laboratory processes. On your first visit, a tooth impression of the area being restored will be made and a temporary covering will be placed. Your following visit will consist of the restoration being permanently placed into the prepared cavity. Although there are two treatments, your doctor will treat you depending on your unique needs.