A lifetime of great oral health begins when a patient is young. With regular checkups and healthy habits, children can develop beautiful, strong smiles that last well into adulthood! At Meadowbrook Dentistry, we’re proud to offer effective, gentle care for growing smiles in Plainview. With a variety of treatments specialized for kids and a talented, friendly team, we go above and beyond to ensure each of your little one’s dental visits are as pleasant as possible!
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association, a child should have their first dental checkup before their first birthday or within six months of their first tooth erupting. While this may seem very early, this provides important benefits, such as:
Your child’s back molars naturally have deep grooves in them. These grooves combined with their placement in the back of the mouth make them particularly susceptible to tooth decay as your child learns to brush and floss. Dental sealants are designed to protect these cavity-prone areas as they begin practicing healthy dental habits. This liquid composite resin is painted onto the surfaces of the teeth then hardened to form an invisible barrier that blocks harmful particles. This treatment only takes a few minutes, is completely painless, and your son or daughter can benefit from the extra protection for about a decade!
Baby teeth have thinner enamel than permanent teeth, which makes them much more likely to develop cavities. Thankfully, fluoride treatments offer a quick, easy, and safe way to protect your little one’s smile. Fluoride is a natural mineral that can be absorbed into enamel, where is strengthens teeth against decay and repairs minor damage. That’s why it’s found in nearly every dental healthcare product and public water sources. At the end of your child’s checkups, your Plainview kid’s dentist can briefly coat your child’s teeth with a special fluoride varnish to ensure they stay cavity-free between appointments.
As a parent, you undoubtedly love to see your son or daughter have fun while being active. However, what you don’t like to think about is how easy it is for them to injure their precious smile while doing so! We can help keep those pearly whites safe, as well as their jaw and soft tissues, with a sports mouthguard. Each one is custom-made to ensure your child receives maximum protection with comfort.