Pediatric dentistry is a branch of dental care that focuses on providing preventative care and dental care for children. Children often need special treatments for their teeth, and pediatric dentistry offers these treatments. Your child’s first visit will consist of a thorough oral examination and teeth cleaning. Our dental hygienist will also talk to you and your child about oral hygiene habits and techniques.
Cavity prevention starts at home with brushing and flossing. Our hygienists will also perform a professional cleaning to help prevent future cavities. This will help keep your child’s mouth healthy and strong. We may also perform deep cleaning in case we notice bacterial and plaque deposits on the root surfaces.
Dental sealants are thin, plastic coatings that are applied to teeth to prevent tooth decay. They can prevent cavities from forming on teeth, protecting the enamel from acids. Dental sealants are a common treatment for children. While dental sealants are thin, they create a smooth surface on the tooth that allows proper brushing. Brushing becomes more efficient, and it is easier to get rid of plaque.
Athletic mouthguards are an essential piece of equipment for any child involved in sports. We can create a custom mouthguard, especially for your child, to ensure they don’t suffer oral injuries while participating in sports.
Fluoride treatments can help strengthen teeth and prevent cavities. It is most effective when applied directly to the tooth enamel. This can be done using a gel, varnish, or foam. We may recommend fluoride treatments as part of your regular dental checkup and cleaning, or it can be applied if your child is experiencing a cavity.
Tooth decay prevention
Since baby teeth play a critical role in children’s dental development, it is especially important to make sure they stay healthy. Tooth decay in infants and toddlers can be the result of poor oral hygiene, as well as consuming too much sugar. As a parent, you can help your child prevent tooth decay by making sure they brush their teeth twice a day, floss daily, and visit the dentist for routine checkups and cleanings.
Your pediatric dentist may recommend pulp therapy for young patients. This treatment can repair a tooth with injured or diseased pulp. The dentist removes diseased or damaged dental tissue and replaces it with filling material. This prevents the spread of decay to other parts of the tooth and gets rid of the pain.
To find out more about the dental services offered at Gerard and Moore Dental, call (505)-293-6125 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 8310 Palomas Ave NE Suite A, Albuquerque, NM 87109.