Oral development is important at every stage of life, especially at a young age. Establishing routine visits now makes a huge difference in the long-term, which is why Dr. Arakelian and the team members do everything they can to create a positive office atmosphere. First impressions matter in the world of dentistry, and we intend to make a good one for your child’s first visit. To get their first checkup completed, feel free to give us a call!
Keep in mind that your child’s first visit will more focused on at-home habits as well as ways to protect their developing teeth and gums. Of course, Dr. Arakelian will briefly take a look inside your child’s mouth and confirm that no decay or underlying problems are present. If any tartar or plaque exists, we’ll gently remove it and provide recommendations for future treatments as needed.
Fluoride is especially important at a young age because of how vulnerable children can be to tooth decay. While you don’t want them to get too much fluoride, as it can affect their smile’s appearance while their permanent teeth develop, it should be included in their at-home oral care. After their routine cleanings, we’ll provide a fluoride treatment that offers additional protection as they learn how to perfect their oral care.
Whether your child is struggling to prevent cavities or you want to stay proactive against future ones, dental sealants offer proven protection. This composite resin material is the same substance used to seal damaged teeth and hide imperfections like cracks and chips. Once applied, which only takes a few minutes to do, your child’s molars and premolars will be far more protected from cavity-causing bacteria and plaque buildup.
Even though baby teeth are meant to fall out, they shouldn’t until their natural time to do so! If your child plays a contact sport, whether it’s football, basketball, hockey or something else, they’re going to need optimal protection to prevent potential dental emergencies. Our office can create a mouthguard that fits their mouth exactly and provides protection you cannot get over-the-counter. After creating the mouthguard, we’ll make sure that it fits properly and comfortably so that your child will actually want to use it.