Keeping up with regular dental checkups and professional dental cleanings is the best way to keep your teeth and gums healthy and disease-free. But there are many other treatments available at our Southern Pines dentist office that promote oral health to make sure you always are proud to show off your smile.
Well-baby Exams – Well-baby examinations monitor your baby’s growth and development during the first two years of life. Your baby’s teeth and mouth are an important part of the well-baby examination. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry suggests that children should visit the dentist by their first birthday or six months after their first tooth comes in. Early dental visits are designed to detect potential problems and educate parents about how to take care of their child’s teeth. It may be surprising that your child needs to see a dentist so early, but studies show that more preschool-aged children are getting cavities these days. Early visits also help to establish a relationship between the child and dentist.
Dental Sealants for Children – A dental sealant is a plastic coating applied to the grooves of the back teeth. The sealant prevents tooth decay by keeping germs and food out of those grooves. It is recommended that sealants be applied to permanent molars as soon as they come in, before they have a chance to decay. The application process is quick and painless, and perfect for children and teens. Dental sealants are a great start to a lifetime of good oral health.