The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a dental check-up at least twice a year for most children. Some children need more frequent dental visits due to an increased risk of tooth decay, unusual growth patterns, or poor oral hygiene.
Evaluation of your child’s orthodontics begins with their very first visit by monitoring growth, development and occlusion (bite). Early dental problems such as open bites due to thumbsucking, crossbite or crowding can be treated by interceptive or early orthodontics.
Teeth cleaning removes debris that builds up on the teeth which irritates the gums and can cause decay. Fluoride treatment renews the fluoride content in the enamel which then strengthens teeth and prevents cavities. Hygiene instruction improves your child’s brushing and flossing skills which leads to cleaner teeth and healthier gums.
Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that are applied to the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to protect them from tooth decay. Most tooth decay in children and teens occur on those hard to reach back teeth. Sealants protect the chewing surfaces from tooth decay by keeping germs and food particles out of these grooves.
Fluoride is a substance that helps teeth become stronger and more resistant to decay. Drinking water treated with fluoride as well as brushing and flossing regularly ensures significantly lower cavities. Dr. Rojas will recommend fluoride supplements, if necessary.