Receiving high-quality dental treatment is just as important for children as it is for adults. We take great pride in helping our younger patients achieve excellent oral health and pediatric dental services in Siouxland and the surrounding communities.
Sioux City and Elk Point Pediatric Dentistry
Maintaining positive dental health and a great-looking smile is a process that starts early in life. Young people need to take precautions just as older people do to prevent serious conditions.
We feature a top-notch pediatric dentistry program that helps children and parents understand how to prevent serious oral health problems and issues. Children and teens who make regular dental visits during their younger years are much more likely to maintain strong and healthy teeth throughout their life. We ensure every child who visits The Dentist feels relaxed and comfortable and excited for their next visit.
What does pediatric dentistry include?
Pediatric dentistry includes using sealants to help prevent cavities and tooth decay on a child’s back molars. This is a proven preventive treatment that works by applying a thin acrylic coating over the teeth and allowing it to harden, which keeps out unwanted bacteria and plaque that could otherwise harm the teeth.
Additionally, using fluoride applications to strengthen your child’s tooth enamel is extremely helpful in preventing decay. This involves applying fluoride directly to the teeth—it will bond the enamel and help keep teeth strong and healthy, it could even reverse decay.
At The Dentist we typically focus on four things around pediatric dentistry
To ensure that your child establishes proper dental care, bring them into our office before they turn one. Their new teeth typically come in from six months to twelve months and will usually stop around the age of three. This teething process can cause excruciating discomfort for the child. To sooth the pain, place cold clean objects on the gums that are not easy to choke on. This could be wet cloth, frozen fruits/veggies or teething rings. After baby teeth settle in, their permanent teeth soon replace them. By the age of 21, your child will have 28 permanent teeth, 32 including wisdom teeth.
Oral Hygiene for Kids
As soon as your child gets their first tooth, it is important to regularly check your child’s teeth every other week. If anything looks out of the ordinary be sure to bring them in immediately. Remember that sugar bugs easily attack new teeth. Our dentists recommend thorough cleanings after each meal to prevent tooth decay. When cleaning your child’s teeth, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a small amount of toothpaste. Unless advised, it is recommended that a child under the age of two does not use fluoride toothpaste.
Tooth sealants help prevent decay by “sealing” the small spaces and hard-to-reach areas around your teeth. If your child is still acquiring cavities or decay when consistently brushing their teeth after each meal, then sealants are the perfect solution. Tooth sealants last up to three to five years, making it much easier to maintain perfect oral health. After your child’s permanent teeth have arrived, it is a perfect time to have sealants in place. However, in some cases sealants may be placed on baby teeth. Adults may also use sealants if they have healthy teeth. Please contact Lakeport Dental Care if you have any questions or concerns regarding sealants.
There are two different types of filling treatments you can get when you come into the Dentist of Siouxland. Direct fillings composed of silver amalgam, composite fillings and more. This treatment is completed within a single visit and is designed for patients with light to moderate tooth damage. Indirect fillings are a bit different when it comes to the materials that make up the filling. This consists of inlays, onlays, veneers, and much more. The process of indirect fillings may take up to two or more visits due to the tooth damage and laboratory processes. On your first visit, a tooth impression of the area being restored will be made and a temporary covering will be placed. Your following visit will consist of the restoration being permanently placed into the prepared cavity. Although there are two treatments, your doctor will treat you depending on your unique needs.
What is a pediatric dentist?
Pediatric dentists are dedicated to the oral health of children from infancy through the teen years. They have experience and qualifications to care for a child’s teeth, gums and mouth throughout the various stages of childhood. Pediatric dentists complete at least four years of dental school and two additional years of residency training in dentistry for infants, children teens and children with special needs.
What are the common issues of dental health in children?
Many of a kid’s dental problems are the same ones affecting adults, but as children’s teeth are still developing, untreated dental conditions can cause poor and misaligned tooth development, leading to a more serious problem as a child grows up.
Some of the most common issues with children are:
- Tooth decay
- Bad breath
- Sensitive teeth
- Gum disease
- Teeth grinding
- Canker Sores
- Baby teeth-loss
- Over-retained primary teeth
- Dental Anxiety