While it is true that baby teeth will eventually fall out, that doesn’t mean they don’t require detailed examination and potentially treatment if a problem arises. At Saginaw Dental, we do everything possible not just to provide comprehensive children’s dentistry in Saginaw, but to create an environment that your child feels comfortable visiting. Establishing a positive relationship early is crucial to long-term oral health, and that’s exactly what you can expect when you visit our dental office. To get your family started, give our dental office a call!
Your child’s first visit does not typically entail much treatment, but rather a brief examination and the opportunity to speak with Dr. Renkuntla about important oral care habits. During this visit, you’ll get a chance to discuss at-home care, preventive treatments, diet, and products that will benefit your child’s daily oral care routine. We recommend that your child’s first visit occurs once their first tooth erupts or by their first birthday.
For some younger patients, practicing daily oral care can be tough. If we notice that your child is struggling with cavities or you want to take extra precautions for their oral development, we recommend that you consider dental sealants. This treatment utilizes composite resin to seal the most vulnerable areas of teeth away from bacteria. For example, the deep pits and cracks of molars are more susceptible to tooth decay than neighboring teeth, making them more likely to develop decay.
Since baby teeth are an essential part of oral development, it’s important that we take the steps necessary to ensure they stay healthy until permanent teeth are ready to erupt. Fluoride works to keep teeth strong and healthy as they go through this process. After your child’s gentle cleaning, we’ll provide a brief fluoride treatment and send them on their way. Make sure that your tap water is fluoridated as well to ensure their tooth enamel is getting enough of this important mineral.
Does your child play a contact sport, such as football, hockey, basketball, or wrestling? If so, they need to be wearing a protective mouthguard as teeth can easily become chipped, cracked or even knocked out without the right gear. When you visit our dental office, you can receive a mouthguard that fits your child’s mouth exactly. Custom-made mouthguards always have superior comfort, protection, and longevity compared to store-bought solutions. If you have an active family, it’s a worthwhile investment, especially compared to expensive emergency dental treatments.