Pediatric dentistry primarily concentrates on the dental needs of children from birth through their adolescent years. One of the most crucial elements of pediatric dentistry is child psychology. As children's dentists, we endeavor to create a friendly, fun, relaxed atmosphere for children and provide treatment in a calm environment.
Dental phobias established in childhood often continue into adulthood. At Stone Lake Dentistry in Cypress, TX 77429, we emphasize that children should have positive experiences at the dental office as they will be required to visit them throughout their entire life.
When Should Your Child First Visit a Dentist?
The best approach to make sure your child avoids anxieties and has a positive experience is to start visiting the dentist during their first year and return for checkups every six months. This enables us to monitor growth and development and watch for potential issues, and allow your child to have positive and relaxed experiences at a dental office.
What Are the Common Pediatric Dental Treatments?
There are various dental treatments offered to prevent tooth cavities in children or save or repair teeth. They include:
Fluoride minerals that are naturally present in a tooth's enamel strengthen it and improve its resistance to decay. But sometimes, it might not be sufficient to protect the teeth from cavities. While a small quantity of fluoride can be found in toothpaste and drinking water, a more concentrated amount can be professionally applied to your child's teeth for maximum protection.
A dental sealant is used to seal the little ridges on the chewing surfaces of back teeth known as pits and fissures to prevent cavities from happening. These tiny crevices provide an ideal breeding ground for decay-causing bacteria. What’s more, developing tooth enamel is more absorbent and therefore more prone to tooth decay. Thankfully, dental sealants provide years of protection and are pretty easy to apply in a dental office.
Root Canal Therapy
Sometimes, children suffer from a severely decayed or injured tooth and need root canal therapy to save it. This is because the baby teeth are an essential foundation to the permanent teeth that are already forming underneath your child's gums. Therefore, ensuring that these teeth don’t get lost prematurely can help prevent a malocclusion that might require orthodontic treatment later on.
Front teeth with chips and minor fractures are common childhood dental problems. And these can be repaired with tooth-colored bonding materials. These bonding materials can be used on baby teeth as well as permanent teeth and last until the child has completed facial growth.
Our goal at Stone Lake Dentistry Cypress, TX 77429 is to make dentistry a stress-free and pleasant experience for your child. Please call us at (832) 930-7856 and schedule your dental consultation.