children's dental careWithout routine care at home, and without regular checkup and cleaning visits to our Baxter, MN, office, your kids could develop higher risks of issues like tooth decay, dental infection, premature tooth loss, or gingivitis. In today’s blog, we’re going to look at how we offer preventive care to maintain optimal oral health for kids of all ages, from toddlers to teens.

The Causes of Poor Oral Health

What leads to poor oral health in little smiles? Well, consuming foods and drinks high in sugar could promote plaque buildup, and in turn, increases the risk of cavities and gum disease. Lack or proper brushing and flossing could also decrease your oral health, as could a lack of professional cleanings every few months to remove plaque and tartar. To keep teeth and gums strong, we need to be able to keep a close eye on the smile without routine six-month visits, and your little one needs to care for his or her smile from home on a daily basis.

Checkups and Cleanings

A checkup and cleaning visit means a chance for us to look closely at the teeth and gums with advanced technology. We can discuss the importance of routine care with your child, and make sure your little one gains a better understanding of his or her smile. The cleaning portions means we can remove all plaque and tartar from the smile, which not only improves breath freshness and fights teeth stains, but lowers the risk of cavities and gum disease too.

Preventive Treatments

Our team also offers preventive treatments to help protect little smiles. With fluoride treatments, we apply a special varnish to the teeth that remineralizes and strengthens the outer enamel to prevent the onset of cavities. Application only takes a few minutes, and can bed one at each checkup and cleaning visit. Since children also have difficulty reaching the rear teeth when they brush and floss, we can apply a special dental sealant to the rear teeth to prevent food from becoming stuck between the molars. The sealants stay in place for between 5 and 10 years on average, and wear away naturally with time. Their application can significantly reduce the risk of cavities and gingivitis.

Better Care at Home

Your little ones also need to brush twice a day for about two minutes per session, and floss every night in between each and every tooth. These actions remove the food particles that feed harmful bacteria and lead to issues like tooth decay.

Greenhaven Family Dental Helps Kids of All Ages

Greenhaven Family Dental knows that kids need routine care at home and in the office to keep teeth and gums strong and healthy. To learn more about children’s dentistry, then you can contact Greenhaven Family Dental in Baxter, MN at 218-454-0523.