At our dental office, we practice family-focused dentistry. This means that your entire family is welcome at our office, from the youngest to the oldest. We enjoy starting children off right for a lifetime of excellent dental health as much as we love to help our adult patients achieve and maintain dental health for a beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime.
A Healthy Smile for Everyone
Children’s mouths are constantly growing and developing. With a combination of careful monitoring and preventive treatments, we can head off and avoid most dental problems. It’s easier to create and maintain good oral health hygiene habits when the entire family can get in on it. We will discuss ways to keep your family involved and make brushing something your kids want to do rather than something they have to do.
Although children like to be independent in many ways, it’s better to assist them when it comes to brushing and flossing, usually until about age 8. At this point, your child will have likely developed the hand-eye coordination and the patience to practice good brushing and flossing technique. At your child’s check-ups and cleanings, we will discuss what it means to have good technique and will even provide hands-on demonstrations for both you and your children. Once your children are old enough to brush independently (and if you aren’t quite sure, we are happy to observe your child and help you make this determination), check in on them frequently to make sure they are continuing to use good habits.
Preventive Care and Treatments
For most kids, our goal is to maintain a smile that is healthy and free of cavities. We do have a few tricks up our sleeves that can give your kids an edge over cavities and tooth decay. One preventive treatment we often recommend for our younger patients who have developed their permanent molars is sealants. Sealants are thin layers of plastic that are brushed onto the back teeth and then allowed to cure. This layer protects the grooves and ridges of the molars from food particles that can become stuck there and turn into plaque. These teeth are the most prone to cavities, but with sealants, your child’s teeth will remain healthy.
We will also discuss whether fluoride supplementation is appropriate for your child. Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral that has been shown to strengthen teeth and protect cavities. Many municipalities add fluoride to the public water supply, and in some areas of New Hampshire, fluoride occurs naturally in the artesian well water. Dr. Drower will discuss your family’s habits with you and make a recommendation as to whether fluoride supplementation will help your family prevent cavities.
Along the way, we will also discuss dental health issues that are unique to children, for example prolonged thumb sucking, pacifier, and bottle use and how to break these habits as well as others that are potentially damaging to your child’s teeth such as nail biting.
Call us today to schedule an appointment for your child with Dr. Drower. We look forward to getting to know your entire family!