Waterford Family and Cosmetic Dentistry is a family dentist office in Leland, NC. Our professional dental team is dedicated to helping patients of all ages receive comfortable dental treatment in a friendly environment. We want every member of your family to get dental care tailored to their needs at their stage of life.
Encouraging younger patients to visit the dentist helps set them up for success. Regular dental care at a young age prevents future oral health problems and helps combat dental fear and anxiety. We take the time to establish a relationship with you and your child so our office can be a comfortable space. As a general dental treatment, family dental care prevents complex oral health issues with regular care and healthy habits.
Caring for Baby Teeth
Your child’s first primary or baby teeth begin to erupt between the ages of six and twelve months. To help alleviate tender or sore gums caused by this process, rub a cool, wet cloth across them. You may also use a teething ring. Be sure to examine your child’s teeth at least once every two weeks to look for lines of discoloration caused by tooth decay. Young children are especially prone to decay, so it is important to look for the signs early to prevent cavities.
We also recommend brushing your child’s teeth after breakfast, after lunch, after dinner, and at bedtime. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. If your child is under the age of two, do not use fluoride toothpaste unless advised to do so by a healthcare professional.
Combatting Tooth Decay
Contact our office if notice signs of decay on your child’s teeth. Signs of decay include white or brown spots on the teeth, red or swollen gums, cavities, or holes in the tooth enamel. Bacteria feed on sugars left on the teeth and gums. The digestive acids released by these bacteria can break down the tooth enamel over time. Children are at a high risk of tooth decay if they do not practice good oral hygiene. Setting an example for your child early on that their oral health is important will help combat tooth decay.
Your child should visit the dentist every six months for regular dental cleanings and checkups. During their dental visit, we will provide:
- Teeth cleanings
- Diagnostic x-rays
- Dental cavities screening
- TMJ and gum evaluation
We may also recommend fluoride treatments and dental sealants. Fluoride treatments can be done with dental cleanings to keep the teeth strong and healthy. Dental sealants are placed on the teeth to reduce the risk of tooth decay and protect them from early cavities. They are made of medical-grade resin that can protect the teeth for multiple years. We can monitor your child’s dental sealants at their checkups.
Family Dentistry FAQs
What is family dentistry?
Family dentistry takes care of patients of all ages. While pediatric dentistry focuses on children, family dentistry encompasses children and adults as well. We provide dental care that’s convenient for the whole family. Schedule your appointments together so that the whole family can be seen at once.
How often should my child visit the dentist?
Children should come to the dentist at least bi-annually for a checkup and cleaning. A child’s mouth is always growing and changing, and it’s important to monitor these changes. If we notice a problem or something to be worried about, we may recommend they come in more often.
How often should adults visit the dentist?
Adults should also visit bi-annually. Though adult mouths don’t change as much as children’s, it’s still important for your oral health. As we age, we’re more likely to experience different oral health problems. Seniors are more likely to suffer from tooth loss, for instance. Bi-annual visits keep your mouth at its healthiest.
How do I help my oral health at home?
Make sure everyone in the family is brushing and flossing regularly. This means doing so at least twice a day, preferably after every meal. Limit sugary foods and drinks and be sure to drink a lot of water. A varied diet with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables helps as well.
What toothpaste and toothbrush should I use?
When it comes to toothbrushes, always use ones with soft bristles. Medium and firm toothbrushes can have negative effects. Choose one that has variation in the bristle length to get into all the nooks and crannies. Any ADA-approved toothpaste is a good choice. If you have a tendency for certain oral health issues, like tooth sensitivity, your dentist can recommend a targeted toothpaste for that specific issue.
Is fluoride safe?
Yes, fluoride is safe and beneficial in the amounts used in dental care. It only causes problems in large doses. Fluoride works by interacting with the minerals of your teeth, preventing tooth decay and making the enamel stronger.
How do dental sealants work?
Dental sealants are often recommended for children as an extra defense against tooth decay. The material is painted onto the surfaces of the teeth, creating an extra barrier between bacteria and the enamel of the tooth. Dental sealants can provide extra protection for years.
Should I worry about the safety of dental x-rays?
Dental x-rays are an essential part of dental treatment. Particularly with advancements in technology, radiation isn’t something you have to be worried about. Our dental staff takes all proper precautions to ensure the safety of our patients. X-rays help us to detect dental problems in the early stages, making them easier to treat.
Call Our Family Dental Office
Are you looking for a family dentist? Call Waterford Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Waterford, North Carolina at 910-519-1624. Feel free to schedule an appointment with our dental team on our website.