It makes good sense to see a dentist who welcomes all members of your family, whatever their age. If you're looking for a family dentist who has expertise in children's dentistry, Afshin Vahadi, DDS, and Vafa Mirshams, DDS, at Lone Star Dental Care in Frisco, Texas, can help. They have years of experience in making children feel welcome and confident about dental care, as well as providing pediatric fluoride treatments and dental sealants to help protect your child's teeth. Call Lone Star Dental Care today to find out more or book an appointment using the online form.
Early dental care is vital to prevent long-term dental problems. Baby (primary) teeth have a naturally short lifespan but play a role in speech development and help your child chew properly. Baby teeth also affect the path of your child's permanent teeth.
Even as their baby teeth are erupting, your child's adult teeth are already developing underneath in the jawbones. Therefore, pediatric dental care is essential for the long-term health of your child's permanent smile.
Taking your child for regular trips to the dentist from an early age is also an excellent way for them to get used to being in the dental chair. They’re then more likely to feel comfortable when they need dental treatment. It's also beneficial for your child to start establishing good relationships with the team at Lone Star Dental Care.
You should start taking your child for dental visits from around six months of age or as soon as their first tooth erupts. Lone Star Dental Care accepts Medicaid from this age.
These initial appointments, known as “Happy Visits,” help young children grow accustomed to the dentist’s environment while showing you the best way to keep their gums clean.
By age three, your child should begin attending regular checkups every six months, along with their parents and other family members.
Children's dentistry provides general services similar to adult tooth care but also covers treatments designed specifically for children's developing teeth and oral structures. These treatments could include:
One of the major concerns in children's dentistry is tooth decay and cavities. These develop when food debris and plaque build up on your child's teeth. In addition to showing them how to brush and floss their teeth, the Lone Star Dental Care team helps prevent cavities in children with the help of dental sealants.
Sealants are a biocompatible plastic your dentist uses to coat the surfaces of your child's teeth. The sealant helps to prevent plaque and debris from accumulating in the crevices.
The tooth enamel coating your child's teeth is their first line of defense against tooth decay and cavities. However, the longer it suffers exposure to the oral bacteria in plaque, the weaker it becomes. Fluoride can make the enamel grow stronger.
Fluoride works by bonding to the weakened layers of enamel. Your dentist may recommend fluoride treatments if your child has especially weak enamel to help prevent the development of cavities.
Call Lone Star Dental Care today for more information about children’s dentistry, or book an appointment online.