Key Facts about Children’s Dentistry

Key Facts about Children’s Dentistry
Posted on 04/20/2019

image5 It’s never too early to start your child on a path to a lifetime of healthy, beautiful smiles! At Larry Caldwell, DDS & Associates, we are committed to helping patients of all ages achieve their best dental and oral health. For kids, that means coming in at a younger age to ensure that teeth develop properly, stay strong, and are protected against decay.

Your Child's First Dental Appointment

The American Academy of Children’s Dentistry recommends that you bring your child in for his or her first dental visit by age 1. This may sound early, but it is important that we begin instilling proper children’s oral hygiene techniques, checking for cavities, and watching for developmental problems from an early age. At Larry Caldwell, DDS & Associates in Sugar Land and Wharton, TX, our trusted kids’ dentists offer great professional hygiene appointments for your kids for those exact reasons!

Starting with Us

We want to ensure your child has a positive experience at our Sugar Land or Wharton, TX office from the start, and will become a regular visitor for years to come as a result. Moreover, we want to keep your child’s smile healthy and bright. There are a number of forms of tooth decay that can affect babies and small children. Early Childhood Caries tooth decay, for example, can develop rapidly—progressing from the hard, outer enamel layer of a tooth into the softer, inner dentin in 6 months or less.

Dental Sealants

image3 Our Sugar Land and Wharton, TX practice offers dental sealants for patients starting at the age of 6 (permanent teeth only) as a means to safeguard teeth against decay. Premolars that erupt before the mid-teens should also be sealed for optimal protection during these high-risk cavity years. Dental sealants are made of a clear, acrylic-like material that shields the chewing surfaces of teeth from bacteria. 


Why Get Dental Sealants?

Decay-causing bacteria seeks out pits and grooves in your teeth to hide and grown in. These are places that sometimes even regular and thorough brushing/flossing can’t reach. Dental sealants are thin coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of teeth that help prevent bacteria from nestling into those deep, vulnerable crevices and thus, help prevent the formation of cavities.

How Long Do Sealants Last?

Sealants can last for several years and their longevity depends a lot on each patient’s chewing pattern. That aside, all dental sealants are temporary so ongoing children’s dentistry appointments every 6 months are vital check-up times with your trusted kids’ dentist. Our Sugar Land and Wharton, TX offices usually replace sealants for no cost once during a 3-year period, as long as patients maintain their 6-month appointments and their teeth stay free of decay.

Orthodontic Concerns

By age seven, most malocclusions have become evident. Interceptive orthodontic treatment around this time can help direct proper tooth positioning and/or jaw growth, eliminating or simplifying the need for more extensive orthodontic treatment later on. There are many orthodontic problems that can be detected early, so it is important that a skilled kids’ dentist evaluates your child during his/her growth and development.

Sports and Your Child’s Teeth

If your child is active in sports, our family dentist highly recommends a custom-made sports mouthguard or sportsguard. According to the American Dental Association, an athlete is 60 times more likely to suffer dental harm when not wearing one of these protective devices. We can have a mouthguard custom-made specifically for your child using a model of his or her teeth that will offer greater protection than an off-the-shelf model. It's an investment that can save you pain, suffering, and dental expenses down the road! Please ask us about sports mouthguards/sportsguards at your child's next appointment in our Sugar Land or Wharton, TX office.

Getting Started with Beautiful Smiles

image4 Set you child on the road to a lifetime of healthy, beautiful smiles. ContactLarry Caldwell, DDS & Associates in our Sugar Land or Wharton, TX office today to schedule a children’s dentistry appointment with one of our trusted kids’ dentists!