We know how important it is for children to get a great impression of their first experiences with the dentist. Plenty of adults are afraid of the dentist, and the first trip for a young child sets the stage for how they feel about the dentist for the rest of their life. We at Comprehensive Dental Health work very hard to make kids feel comfortable and happy. We even recommend that your child sit in on your own dental exam so they can see what is going on and ask questions before it is their turn in the chair.
Most adults with serious tooth loss and gum disease can trace the problems to poor childhood dental care; that is why we take pediatric dentistry so seriously. Baby teeth matter—healthy ones set the stage for enduring, beautiful adult teeth. Children who learn to care for their teeth will be rewarded with strong, healthy teeth that last for decades.
We have a variety of children’s dentistry measures for getting our littlest patients on the right track, including:
- Child prophylaxis
- Fluoride treatments
Contact Comprehensive Dental Health at 203-624-5515 to learn more about our pediatric dentistry procedures!
What are fluoride treatments?
Fluoride is a chemical that helps prevent tooth decay and dental cavities in both children and adults. Normal amounts of fluoride added to public water supplies and bottled water are safe for children and adults. If your child needs extra fluoride, Dr. Dr. Joseph Tagliarini may recommend a fluoride treatment, such as fluoride supplements. Please use these supplements only as directed, as too much fluoride can be toxic and can stain your child’s teeth. It is not harmful to your child’s overall health, but an overuse of fluoride can cause streaks and spots on the enamel of your child’s teeth, which might have to be bleached clean later on.
What are sealants?
Tooth sealants are perfect for protecting the cavity prone teeth of kids age 6-14, when decay is more likely to form in the depressions and grooves of the back teeth (usually premolars and molars).
How can you protect your child’s teeth at home?
While it is true that baby teeth are only in the mouth a short period of time, they play a vital role in the long-lasting oral health of your children as they grow. Not only do baby teeth reserve space for their permanent counterparts, healthy baby teeth also give a healthy start to those permanent teeth! Decay and infection in baby teeth can cause damage to the permanent teeth developing beneath them, which is why it is so important to start cleaning your child's teeth as soon as they come in. As your child gets older, you can use a soft toothbrush to clean their teeth and teach them proper oral hygiene.
We invite you to contact Comprehensive Dental Health to learn more about our children’s dentistry in New Haven, CT.