Pediatric Preventive DentistNapa, CA
Pediatric preventive dentistry can protect your child’s teeth and set them up for a lifetime of good oral health. Although many people believe baby teeth are not as important as permanent teeth, this is not the case. These teeth act as placeholders for the permanent teeth, meaning anything that happens to the baby teeth could affect a child for the rest of their life. Pediatric preventive dentistry makes sure everything is in order for both baby and permanent teeth.
Pediatric preventive dentistry is available at Dr. David Suttie Dentistry for Children in Napa and the surrounding area. Our team is dedicated to your child’s continued oral health. Call us today at 707-887-5072 to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services.
Understanding Pediatric Preventive Dentistry
Preventive care is one of the most integral parts of pediatric dentistry. As mentioned earlier, many people underestimate the importance of baby teeth. In reality, damage to these teeth can negatively affect the eruption of the permanent teeth. By helping children establish good oral hygiene habits and undergo regular dental exams at an early age, parents and caregivers can set children up for a lifetime of good oral hygiene.
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, each age group and individual child has unique developmental needs. As such, every patient requires a customized treatment plan tailored specifically for them. A pediatric dentist can assess a child’s needs, help manage any of their oral conditions, dental disease, and injuries.
Regular Dental Exams & Cleanings
When it comes to dental health, it is always crucial to get an early start. The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry both recommend parents and caregivers schedule a dental exam for a child after their first tooth erupts. This typically occurs around ages six months to one year. Children should undergo a dental exam when they are no older than one year of age, no matter whether a tooth has erupted or not.
Furthermore, most children should go to the dentist at least twice a year. However, since every child is different, some will require more or fewer visits. In addition to cleaning the teeth, Dr. Suttie may also take low-dosage digital X-rays to see emerging teeth or perform tooth extractions as necessary. Regular dental exams can help children have healthy teeth for life.
Pediatric preventive dentistry inherently involves protecting the teeth from any potential damage. Damage can occur from decay, teeth grinding, or facial trauma. We are proud to offer tooth protection services, such as:
- Dental sealants
- Fluoride treatments
- Sports mouthguards
Dental sealants are thin, protective coatings painted onto the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. When used as part of a good oral hygiene regimen, they can help reduce the risk of cavities by nearly 80% in the molars. Fluoride treatments can come in various methods: foams, gels, highly concentrated rinses, or varnishes. They protect the tooth enamel and fight harmful bacteria. Furthermore, nightguards can protect the teeth from teeth grinding, particularly during sleep. In contrast, sports mouthguards protect the teeth during any accidental blows to the head during contact sports.
Contrary to popular belief, even children may need dental restorations. Teeth cannot heal on their own and, left untreated, can lead to permanent damage or premature tooth loss. As such, therapeutic treatments may be necessary. At our practice, we are proud to offer various restorative services, such as:
- Dental bonding
- Dental crowns
- Dental fillings
- Dental veneers
- Root canals
Dental bonding can refill any cracks or chips in the teeth. In some instances, it can even restore teeth from decay by covering any damage done to the tooth. Dental crowns cover the whole tooth, keeping a filling in place and protecting the tooth root from possible infection. Dr. Suttie places dental fillings after scraping out decay to treat a cavity. If this is not enough to restore the tooth, a root canal treatment may be necessary. Though dental veneers have aesthetic benefits, they can also restore teeth worn down by teeth grinding, chipped or broken teeth, or misaligned teeth.
Call Us Today
Pediatric preventive dentistry can help save your child from painful and costly dental problems in the future. We at Dr. David Suttie Dentistry for Children can help. Call us today at 707-887-5072 to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services.
Frequently Asked Questions
What will Dr. Suttie check for during my child’s first dental exam?
Your child’s first dental appointment will typically be short and allow Dr. Suttie, your child, and you to establish a friendly relationship. Establishing this rapport will allow for the most successful treatment. He will examine your child’s teeth for any decay and any potential problems with the jaw, gums, oral tissues, or bite during the appointment. He will also provide you with basic education on how to upkeep your child’s oral hygiene.
What happens during a child’s regular dental exam?
The answer depends on your child’s age group and their unique needs. Each child is different, so treatment will always vary on a case-by-case basis. However, a standard dental exam will involve professional cleaning and evaluating the child’s oral health and hygiene.
What happens during a professional tooth cleaning?
During a professional tooth cleaning, Dr. Suttie will remove any hardened plaque clinging to the teeth’s enamel and any sticky plaque that could harbor harmful bacteria. He will also polish the teeth to remove any stains. Afterward, he will inform your child on ways they can improve their oral hygiene at home.
Is fluoride safe?
Yes. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral found in the bones and teeth. By strengthening the enamel, fluoride can protect teeth from any potential decay.
Why would my child need a root canal?
Parents often doubt the necessity of a pediatric root canal, especially when dealing with a baby tooth. However, pediatric root canal treatments are often necessary to remove any decay or infection inside the tooth. Otherwise, your child may have to suffer excruciating pain or further dental and overall health complications.
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