Our dental hygiene program focuses on preventing decay, preserving teeth, and keeping your child’s mouth as healthy as possible. Our hygienists work with parents to make kids feel comfortable. Parents are encouraged to be with their children during all visits to our office. Working together, the Parents, Hygienists, and Dentists formulate a customized plan to care for each child. We recommend that each child be seen at least twice a year for preventive care.
Early oral exams are recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry to be no later than 12 months of age. The primary focus of this first visit is your child’s oral health and how to prevent caries. Utilizing a knee to knee exam, the dentist will work with the parent to complete a dental exam. During this first visit, there will be a discussion about dental caries and how to avoid them. We look forward to meeting your child.
Fluoridated Water and Fluoride Treatments
Since the onset of water fluoridation more than 50 years ago, the American Dental Association has continued to regard water fluoridation as the number one tool available to prevent dental caries. Scientific research has continually found it to be a safe, effective method of strengthening teeth.
For communities that do not have fluoridated water, many pediatricians and dental health professionals recommend that children receive a fluoride supplement. Please do not hesitate to inform the provider if you wish to decline fluoride for your children. We support your parental decisions.
We strongly recommend that every child who receives a cleaning in our office also receives a fluoride treatment. These treatments contain a high level of fluoride in which a gel or foam is placed in a tray that sits in your child’s mouth for 1-4 minutes. These treatments increase the hardness of the tooth’s enamel and make your child more resistant to tooth decay.