Preventative Dentistry in El Segundo, CA
We at Dr. Smile encourage parents to bring their child to the dentist as soon as their teeth begin to emerge. El Segundo dentists can help preserve your child’s teeth and prevent dental issues that can cause lifelong problems with teeth. Preventative dentistry is important for adults as well as children. Children, however, can be treated more effectively with less invasive methods than adults need. For this reason, we highly recommend preventative treatment in our office.
Preserving Children’s Smiles
Every child should have a dental exam as soon as their first teeth emerge. The dentist will examine the teeth and recommend ways to keep them clean. Once the child is older, exams and cleanings should be done biannually to keep track of oral health and development as well as to get rid of plaque and tartar that has stuck onto teeth and could cause problems if not removed. We also provide various preventative treatments, which are outlined below.
Once your child gets a cleaning, we can apply a fluoride treatment to their teeth. This treatment restores the health of the enamel using fluoride, which is a natural mineral found in nature as well as in teeth and saliva. It helps fight off plaque and keep your teeth strong.
Sealants can be applied to your child’s teeth to keep them from coming into contact with bacteria and plaque that could cause decay. Sealants last for several years and are applied easily and without any pain. The amount of cavities experienced is reduced by more than one third when sealants are on teeth.
Orthodontic treatment is used by our dental professionals to correct and prevent misalignment in teeth. Jaw issues can also be corrected before they begin to worsen as your child grows. We provide hardware that is designed for your child’s teeth and can prevent several issues, such as crowding or crooked teeth.
If you’d like to learn more about how to keep your child’s teeth as healthy as possible, call Dr. Smile now or pay us a visit in El Segundo. You can schedule an appointment with a dental expert and gain insight into your child’s oral health.