CleaningsMaintaining your child’s health is your most important role. Bringing your child for their well-teeth check-up every 6 months is essential for keeping your child’s teeth healthy and allows us to partner with you to establish healthy oral hygiene routines. Together, we assess your child’s individual needs based on their home care habits, dietary intake, and any other factors that may pose them at risk for any concerns. One of our specially trained hygienists will clean your child’s teeth, provide home care instructions that are easy to follow, and educate your child on a level they can understand.
FluorideFluoride varnish application is part of your child’s comprehensive preventive program at Fishers Pediatric Dentistry. Applying varnish fluoride after each cleaning prevents and reverses early tooth decay. It decreases sensitivity and protects existing dental work. Since the varnish fluoride is retained on the teeth for 3-6 months, you are providing long term protection for your child’s teeth. Your child may eat following the treatment but is asked not to brush for 6 hours following, allowing maximum uptake. Varnish fluoride is one more way for you to preserve your child’s smile.
SealantsSealants are thin plastic coatings that are applied to the deep grooves of the chewing surfaces of the permanent back teeth. Sealants help protect them from plaque, bacteria and acids which lead to tooth decay. Sealant application is quick and easy and does not require removal of tooth structure. It is best if the sealant is applied soon after tooth eruption, before they have a chance to decay. Your child’s sealants are checked at each 6 month check-up and touched up if necessary at no additional cost to you.
EducationDo you find yourself asking how to get your child’s teeth brushed twice a day when there are days you are chasing them down the hallway just to get dressed? For our youngest new patients, we will provide you with helpful tips on how to be successful when you attempt to brush their teeth, as well as how to kick those nurturing habits such as using a bottle at bed-time, pacifier or thumb sucking. Our team will provide you with creative ideas so that you do not have to dread those sleepless nights! As children get older, our education will shift focus and we will begin to teach each child at their own level helping them understand the importance of good dental care and healthy eating habits. It is our goal to make sure we provide education on a level that your child can understand, as well as making sure that all of your questions are answered.
Home Care GuidelinesEven though visiting our office regularly is an important factor of an effective prevention program, home care is what is essential to maintain an overall healthy mouth. Setting good habits at an early age makes all the difference!
Effective Brushing Habits
Birth to Age 1
Begin cleaning your infant’s gums with a wet washcloth or infant finger brush after feedings and at night-time. To help see in your child’s mouth, you may want to position them by laying their head in your lap. If your infant goes to sleep with a bottle, use nothing but WATER. Sugary liquids such as milk, juice, and even formula will create “cavity mode” all night long, increasing the chance for tooth decay. Follow the new guidelines regarding juice intake by The American Academy of Pediatrics, which states fruit juice offers no nutritional benefit to children under the age of ONE and should NOT be included in their daily diet.
Toddlers Ages 1-5
Begin brushing your child’s teeth as soon as the first tooth appears. Brush twice a day, morning and night, using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Use a “smear or rice-sized” amount of fluoridated toothpaste until the age of 3, and a “pea-sized” amount until the age of 5. We encourage to limit snacking between meals, and allow special treats at meal-time only, keeping juice intake to 4-6 oz a day.
This is the age when your little is becoming more independent. Although they might want to brush by themselves, we advise supervision until around the age of 8. We recommend parental brushing especially at night-time to get those hard-to-reach areas around the gum line and the back molars. Begin flossing as soon as teeth touch, and avoid sticky gooey treats. Encourage healthy snacking and limit sports drinks and carbonated drinks; they keep acid levels high in the mouth creating “cavity mode” and increasing the risk for tooth decay.
Pre-Teens and Teens
Our motto for this age group is: Brush the ones you want to keep! This is the stage where most baby teeth are gone and it is critical to establish and maintain good hygiene habits to keep the permanent teeth in good shape. Whether struggling with hygiene due to braces or simply lacking hygiene motivation, we will work with your child to assess their struggles and determine their individual needs.