At Sherwood Dental
in Oakville, ON, we provide comprehensive dental services for patients of all ages, from kids to seniors. Routine dental care from an early age is important for a child’s oral health and development. It helps them become comfortable at the dentist’s office and to establish healthy habits that they will carry with them for life. While it may not seem important to seek routine care for kids’ primary teeth since they will eventually be replaced by permanent teeth, it is. Primary teeth are just as susceptible to decay as adult teeth, and without proper treatment, pain and further damage can develop.
Cleanings and Checkups
Children of all ages should come to the office twice each year for cleanings and checkups. It’s important to establish a routine of regular checkups for your child so they can develop a positive association with coming into the office. We recommend bringing your child in for their first visit on or around his or her first birthday.
All our dental checkups are thorough and age appropriate. When children come in around their first birthday for a visit, we will perform a non-invasive physical examination to get a look at the health of the mouth and to identify any potential developmental issues. X-rays are not performed on children at that young age.
Once your child is old enough, diagnostic technology can be used to evaluate the health of the mouth and let us get a glimpse of any early signs of tooth decay or abnormalities in the gum tissue or bone.
Dental cleanings are an important part of check-ups and play a vital role in maintaining oral health. Our dental hygienists will use special tools to remove any buildup above and below the gum line to prevent the formation of decay and cavities. Hygienists are also able to make recommendations for improvement in at home oral hygiene in order to keep the teeth and gums healthy.
In addition to cleanings and checkups, preventative treatment of tooth decay is an important part of kid’s dentistry. Recommendations for fluoride treatment or dental sealants may be made in order to strengthen enamel and prevent the formation of cavities.
Dental fluoride is a mineral that is applied to the teeth during an office visit. The fluoride works to remineralize and strengthen tooth enamel to protect teeth from cavity-causing bacteria.
Sealants are a clear substance applied to the biting surfaces of cavity-prone teeth such as the molars. Molars are in the back of the mouth and typically have pits and grooves where bacteria and food debris can become trapped. By applying clear dental sealants, we can prevent the formation of cavities in these teeth that are difficult to clean with brushing and flossing alone.
If your child does develop a cavity or other dental issue, we offer comprehensive restorative services that include fillings, crowns, and dental bonding.
We use tooth-colored fillings which are bonded directly to the tooth. These fillings are made of composite-resin and are a durable, aesthetically pleasing restoration.
For larger areas of decay, we may need to use a dental crown. This porcelain cap is placed over the tooth to protect it from further damage and restore function.
Children are often prone to accidental tooth injury during sports and other activities. If a tooth is chipped or cracked due to injury, dental bonding can be applied to restore the appearance. A dental mouthguard can be used during activities to prevent these types of accidents.
Choose Sherwood Dental in Oakville for your kids’ dentistry needs
At Sherwood Dental in Oakville, ON, we love helping our youngest patients develop healthy habits for life. Our goal is that visiting the dentist office becomes as routine as visiting their pediatrician’s office and they’ll learn that receiving routine dental care is the key to a healthy, beautiful smile. From that very first dental appointment, we work hard to make visiting the dentist fun and relaxing. Whether it’s routine, preventative, or restorative care, we’re here to handle dental needs for the entire family. If you live in the Oakville, ON area and would like to schedule an appointment
, please give us a call