Routine Pediatric Dental Procedures Lake Worth, FL

Healthy children can look forward to many dental visits. Even if your child never develops cavities, he or she still needs to visit a dentist regularly. At the dentist's office, children receive preventive care and in-office procedures. Routine pediatric dental procedures keep your child's mouth healthy.

Pediatric dentists are available at Fara Bender DMD PA in Lake Worth and the surrounding area. Our team offers cleanings, exams, preventive treatments, and much more. Call us at (561) 763-9218 to learn more about our services.

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    Understanding Routine Dental Procedures

    Every child needs routine dental care. These exams and procedures promote lifelong dental health. Keeping up with dental visits improves the look and function of your child's teeth.

    Some routine procedures prevent common tooth problems like cavities. Others treat pediatric dental problems in their early stages. This type of preventive care helps your child avoid dental issues during adulthood.

    Routine pediatric dental procedures include:

    • X-rays and cleanings
    • Fluoride treatments
    • Teeth and jawbone assessment
    • Dental sealants
    • Preventive and restorative treatments

    Exams and cleanings represent the most common type of routine care. During an exam, the dentist checks the patient’s teeth and gums and looks for cavities, cracks, and chips. The dental team also removes plaque and tartar. Routine cleanings prevent tooth decay and gum disease and help the patient's mouth stay healthy.

    “Routine care promotes lifelong dental health.”

    Deep Cleanings and Fluoride Treatments

    Sometimes, pediatric patients may need a deep cleaning — also known as periodontal scaling or root planing. During a deep cleaning, the dentist removes plaque and tartar from below the gumline. Deep cleanings combat gum disease and bad breath. If the patient has gum recession, this procedure helps the gums reattach to the tooth. However, deep cleaning can be slightly uncomfortable. Pediatric providers may offer a numbing medication during this procedure. This medication helps children relax during their deep cleaning.

    After a routine or deep cleaning, the dentist may apply a fluoride treatment. Fluoride represents a mineral that prevents cavities and supports tooth enamel. The dentist may apply fluoride in the form of a brush, swab, or mouthwash. This process generally takes only a few minutes. Patients who receive a fluoride treatment may not be allowed to eat or drink for thirty minutes afterward.

    “During a deep cleaning, the dentist removes plaque and tartar from below the gumline.”

    Teeth and Jawbone Assessment

    Pediatric providers are concerned with all areas of a child’s mouth, both present and future. Therefore, they will perform physical examinations and take X-rays periodically, checking for the following signs, that may inhibit development:

    • Overbite
    • Underbite
    • Crossbite
    • Protruding teeth
    • Crowding
    • Improper spacing
    • Mouth breathing
    • Tongue thrusting

    If the pediatric provider identifies any of the above conditions in their early stages, they will likely recommend a specialist who is trained in addressing them. It is important to remember that early intervention can prevent a lifetime of issues that can impact more than just a child's teeth. This proactive approach can set the stage for a lifetime of healthy smiles.

    “If the pediatric provider identifies any of the above conditions in their early stages, they will likely recommend a specialist who is trained in addressing them.”

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    Sealants and Teeth Whitening

    A dentist can perform dental sealant procedures on children's molars. Sealants provide added protection against cavities and tooth decay. For optimal results, children should receive sealants soon after their molars have erupted. Your pediatric dental provider can let you know when to consider sealants.

    Some pediatric providers may offer basic teeth whitening. Not all children are eligible for this procedure. Before undergoing teeth whitening, children must have all their permanent teeth. Also, children must finish any straightening treatments beforehand. Your provider can offer more information about childhood and adolescent teeth whitening.

    “Before undergoing teeth whitening, children must have all their permanent teeth.”

    Dental Bonding and Crowns

    Dental bonding can repair minor cracks and chips. During this procedure, the dentist uses a composite resin to cover up damaged spots. Bonding protects teeth against further cracks or decay. But if the damage remains severe, bonding may not be the right choice. Talk to your dentist for more information about dental bonding.

    If a tooth has severe decay, the dentist may suggest a crown. Decayed teeth stay weak and prone to cracks. A crown protects the tooth from further damage. Modern crowns can be customized to fit even a young child's mouth. These crowns, often known as mini crowns or baby crowns, are even suitable for children who do not yet have their permanent teeth.

    “Bonding protects teeth against further cracks or decay.”

    Frequently Asked Questions About Routine Pediatric Dental Procedures

    Q. What kind of routine dental care does my child need?

    A. Your child should receive a checkup and cleaning every six months. During the exam, the pediatric dentist looks for cavities and other dental problems. They might also take measurements or assess the jawbone and teeth development.

    A. Your child might be eligible for preventive treatments like sealants. This procedure can prevent tooth decay and reduce a child's lifetime risk of cavities. Sealants remain most effective on newly erupted molars. Your provider can let you know when it is time to discuss sealants.

    Q. What happens if my child has a cavity?

    A. Discovering a cavity can be a frustrating experience for both parents and children. Your pediatric dentist can explain the next step. First, they repair the tooth. Next, they discuss strategies for preventing future cavities. Making simple changes to daily habits can combat tooth decay.

    Q. What happens if my child’s teeth and jaws are not developing properly?

    A. Pediatric dentists monitor patients for early warning signs of development problems. They will likely refer these patients to a specialist like an orthodontist. Your dentist can provide a referral and follow-up appointments. Your pediatric dentist will continue to care for your child's dental health during orthodontic treatment.

    Q. What should I do if my child chips or breaks a tooth?

    A. Report any chipped or broken teeth to your pediatric dentist right away. Simple in-office treatments can often repair small cracks or chips, but if the crack damages or destroys the tooth's root, your child may need further treatment. Your provider can help your child access the care they need.

    Q. How can I ease my child's dental anxiety?

    A. Children often get nervous about visiting the dentist. Parents can help by explaining what will happen during each checkup. Tell stories about your own dental visits and read picture books about dental care. Reassure your children that the pediatric dentist wants to keep their teeth healthy. Let your provider know if your child has severe anxiety that may interfere with treatment.

    Quality Pediatric Dental Services Can Transform Smiles

    By visiting us as soon as possible, our team can help get your child the professional treatment they need.

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    Definition of Pediatric Dental Terminology

    Anterior Open Bite
    A malocclusion in which the patient’s upper and lower teeth slant outward, so they do not touch when the mouth is shut, can be caused by tongue thrusting and thumb or pacifier sucking.
    Dental Caries
    Dental caries are also known as cavities and result from a lack of proper oral hygiene leaving plaque that forms tiny holes in the teeth.
    Dental Prophylaxis
    A dental prophylaxis is a professional and detailed cleaning that involves the removal of plaque, calculus and stains from the teeth.
    Dental Sealants
    Dental sealants contain a resinous material that we apply to the chewing surfaces of the posterior teeth to prevent dental caries.
    Gum Disease
    Inflammation of the gums and irregular loss of underlying bone that surrounds the gums and teeth.
    Coverings that are worn over teeth to protect them from injury or damage.
    Pediatric Dentistry
    Specialized dental care for children from birth through adolescence.
    A severe gum infection that damages gums and can lead to tooth loss and other serious complications.
    Primary Teeth
    The first set of teeth in the development of people.
    Tongue Thrust
    The habit of pushing one’s tongue forward between the upper and lower teeth when swallowing can result in an open bite.

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    Routine pediatric dental care keeps your child's mouth healthy. Preventive procedures play an especially important role in well-being. Proper childhood dental care may prevent painful or complex issues during adulthood.

    Do not put off your child's next dental visit. If you are looking for a new pediatric dental provider, let Fara Bender DMD PA in Lake Worth help. Call us at 561-763-9218 to learn more about our services and policies.

    If you live in the Lake Worth area, call 561-763-9218 for an appointment in our Lake Worth office.

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