As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure. Here at Oahu Pediatric Dentistry, we believe in the same, especially when it comes to your child’s oral health. Maintaining natural and healthy teeth and gums is of utmost priority to ensure that children grow up feeling confident about their smiles.
Preventive dentistry is an oral healthcare branch that deals with preventive measures to avoid oral diseases. Preventive dentistry usually concerns itself with educating and guiding patients about appropriate regular oral healthcare habits that they need to follow, as well as periodic dental checkups to detect any diseases that may be developing in the patient’s teeth. This branch also includes regular dental cleanups and plaque and tartar removal.
Initial Exam & Dental X-Rays
The most basic preventive measure to be taken is examining your teeth thoroughly. Oral examinations help detect visual cues of diseases and also allow our experts to analyze which aspects of your regular cleaning could be improved. X-Rays allow hidden cavities or issues beneath the crown that are not normally visible.
Age 1 To 2 Visits
A common misconception among parents is that their children should only be taken for dental appointments after a certain age. In reality, you should take your child for visits as soon as their first teeth start sprouting. Also, if your child has not started developing teeth after their first 2 years, getting a checkup becomes necessary.
Solea Lasers are the latest FDA-approved offered by our facility. These lasers are great for performing minute surgeries such as gum tissue removal efficiently without the usage of numbing agents. They also allow us to detect tooth decay within the teeth that an X-Ray might have been unable to pick up on.
Baby Teeth Matter
Although it may not seem so, your child’s first few teeth are just as crucial as their permanent teeth. As the ADA suggests, getting them checked as soon as they erupt is an important step towards your child’s optimal oral health.
Empower Kids To Care About Teeth
Parents are often filled with questions about their children’s oral healthcare. We believe that children should be allowed to gradually take charge of their oral healthcare to develop habits that follow them into adulthood, and therefore, our objective is educating parents about oral healthcare alike.
Tips For Brushing
Brushing your teeth the right way is one of the most basic oral healthcare skills that your child needs to be taught. However, few parents know about the several techniques there are to ensure thorough cleaning every time. Our experts can demonstrate this technique in front of your infants, and teach you about them as well.
There are numerous toothpastes to choose from, but looking over the ingredient list quickly narrows down the pool as certain ingredients are not suitable for some children. Our professionals can help you choose the right toothpaste for your child that does not only suit them, but also contains ingredients to promote strong teeth and gums.
Schedule A Consultation
Getting your child acquainted with good oral habits from a young age can only prove to be a great preventive measure in the long run. Schedule your child’s first or next dental checkup with Oahu Pediatric Dentistry by calling us at (808) 456-4555 today.