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As your child grows over the years, they’ll need a dentist who can meet their ever-changing dental needs, whether it’s making sure their permanent teeth erupt safely or keeping them safe from cavities while they learn about good oral hygiene. Having good experiences at the dentist early on will ensure that your little one grows up with a smile they can take pride in. Call us today to schedule your child’s first appointment with Dr. Marable.
Tooth decay is an extremely common childhood disease, which is why it’s important to bring your child in for an appointment on a regular basis. Normally, we recommend about two visits a year, although more frequent appointments might be needed depending on the state of your little one’s oral health. Our team will take every possible step to keep your child as comfortable as possible as we carefully examine and thoroughly clean their teeth and gums.
The molars and premolars are particularly likely to develop cavities thanks to their uneven surfaces that tend to trap bacteria and food particles. Children have a particularly hard time cleaning these teeth while they’re still learning the best oral hygiene practices, but we can give them some help in the form of a dental sealant. Simply covering the surface of the teeth with a thin coating makes it much easier to prevent harmful organisms and materials from getting caught in the teeth in the first place.
Fluoride can make a significant difference in the development of your child’s teeth. This mineral strengthens the enamel and helps it resist decay better. As part of your child’s checkup, we can very quickly apply a concentrated form of fluoride directly to their teeth. It takes time for it to take effect, so we recommend that your child avoids eating for a set amount of time. We especially recommend this type of treatment if your child’s risk for cavities is higher than normal.
While metal amalgam has been used to make fillings in the past, odds are your child won’t be very happy with a restoration that stands out and grabs the attention of their friends at school. We can help your child continue to feel comfortable with their smile by using composite resin fillings, which can be shaded so that they blend right in with the surrounding enamel. Tooth-colored fillings also allow us to save more of the natural tooth’s structure in the long run.
Before your child heads out onto the field, you want to make sure their smile is well-fortified with a mouthguard. This basic oral appliance can mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth in the event of an accident. A poorly fitted mouthguard won’t offer the highest quality protection, which is why Dr. Marable provides appliances that have been carefully designed to fit your child’s smile based on impressions taken of their unique mouths.