Children’s Dentistry – Topeka, KS
Protect Your Child’s Precious Smile
A child’s smile is a wonderful gift. Unfortunately, it’s also quite prone to cavities, as children are still learning how to maintain proper oral hygiene and may overlook some spots while brushing despite their best efforts. As a parent, you should start bringing your child to the dentist as early as possible so that their teeth are properly protected while they’re still growing. Call us today to schedule an appointment for your little one; it could be the key to giving them a lifetime of smiles.
Why Choose Westport Dental for Children’s Dentistry?
- Dedicated, Friendly Dental Team
- Wide Scope of Child-Friendly Services
- Personalized Restorations and Appliances
Of all the teeth in your child’s mouth, their molars and premolars are at the highest risk for decay. They have many crevices where bacteria can build up, and your little one will have an especially difficult time cleaning them since they’re at the back of the mouth. Dental sealants close off the pits in the molars and premolars, serving as a barrier against bacteria and food particles; they can help protect the teeth for up to 10 years, giving your child time to learn the best methods of brushing.
Is your child getting enough fluoride? This tooth-strengthening mineral is found in many oral hygiene products, and it’s normally added to public drinking water. And if we find that your child’s teeth need additional protection against cavities, we may give them a special fluoride treatment at their next appointment. A fluoridated gel or varnish is placed on the teeth to be absorbed, making the enamel more resistant to attacks from the bacteria that cause cavities.
If your child ever does develop a cavity, our team can gently remove the decayed area so that it doesn’t spread and cause further damage. Afterward, we can place a filling to make up for the parts of the tooth’s structure that were lost. Our fillings are made out of a composite resin that can mimic the appearance of natural enamel. This way, we can fix your child’s tooth without having to resort to dark-colored metal that could make them self-conscious about their appearance.
No matter what kind of sport your child plays, they should be wearing a mouthguard. Even sports that are normally low contact can lead to injuries involving the mouth and jaw; a mouthguard helps ensure that the teeth will be safe from any sudden blows or impacts. If you set up an appointment with us, we can take impressions of your child’s teeth in order to design a comfortable, custom mouthguard that gives their teeth the best possible protection.
Non-nutritive habits include thumb-sucking, finger-sucking, and pacifier use – all of which are completely normal for infants and children under the age of 2. These habits normally go away on their own, but if they continue past the child’s fourth birthday, you may need to intervene before they have an impact on your child’s oral development. Our team can identify non-nutritive habits and help you develop a strategy for stopping them.