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 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, and 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.
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.