You want the best for your child. Their health and well-being are of the utmost importance. Part of helping your child to stay healthy is ensuring that their mouth remains healthy. Tooth decay, cavities, and other oral health issues can lead to significant complications that affect your child’s mouth and their overall well-being. At Gallatin Valley Pediatric Dentistry, we can help your child maintain a healthy, happy smile with preventative dentistry.
Child Dental Care FAQs
As a parent, your child’s health and wellbeing are of the utmost importance. This includes their dental health. Gallatin Valley Pediatric Dentistry understands that you might have many questions regarding how to help your child maintain a healthy, cavity-free smile. We have compiled a list of some of the most frequently asked questions that we receive so that you can get the answers you need.
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Dental Cleanings, Exams & Digital X-Rays aka. Preventive Care Visits
Dental cleanings are an important part of preventing cavities and other issues. Your child should have regular dental cleanings every six months, starting around the time of their first birthday. During your child’s cleanings, we can eliminate buildup from their teeth that they might not be able to clean properly on their own.
In addition to cleanings, it is recommended that your child have dental exams every six months. With exams, we can spot issues as they are just getting started, which allows us to take action before a more serious problem develops. Part of your child’s exams includes digital x-rays. X-rays are generally recommended annually, starting around the age of 6 or 7. These images allow us to spot hidden issues that we might otherwise miss simply by looking at their teeth.]]]
Preventive care visits are an important part of preventing cavities and other issues. Your child should have regular preventive care visits every six months, starting around the time of their first birthday. During your child's preventive care visit, we will clean their teeth. This will eliminate buildup from their teeth that they are not able to properly clean on their own. Dr. Justin or Dr. Joni will also provide a dental exam every six months. With exams, we can spot dental caries, developmental concerns, and other issues early. This allows us to act before a more serious problem develops. Part of your child's exam may include digital x-rays. Your pediatric dentist will recommend radiographs based on your child's unique needs. The radiographs will assess growth and development, pathology, and tooth decay. These images allow us to spot hidden issues that we might otherwise miss by only looking at their teeth.
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Diet & Nutrition Tips
Diet and nutrition can have enormous effects on your child’s oral health. Without the right vitamins and minerals, they may be at risk for development issues, tooth decay, and even gum disease. At Gallatin Valley Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Justin and Dr. Joni can provide you and your child with the education needed to avoid these potential problems.
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Having crooked teeth can affect more than your child’s smile. Misaligned teeth can impact your child’s oral health and self-esteem. Fortunately, alignment issues can be corrected, improving your child’s oral health, their smile, and their confidence. At Gallatin Valley Pediatric Dentistry, we will screen your child's smile for orthodontics needs.
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Importance of Fluoride For Oral Health
Fluoride treatment is one of the valuable services we offer here at Gallatin Valley Pediatric Dentistry. Professional fluoride treatments are one of the best ways to help keep teeth strong. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that gives teeth their strength and can help to reduce sensitivity ensuring a lifetime of healthy, beautiful smiles.
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Infant Dental Care
We understand that taking care of an infant can be challenging and confusing, especially for new parents. If you are wondering about infant dental care, you have come to the right place. We here at Gallatin Valley Pediatric Dentistry believe that patient education is the cornerstone of proper oral health. The following information is designed to help you provide the best possible care for your baby.
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Lap Exam / Age 1 to 2 Visits
Many parents are surprised to learn that their children should have their very first dental appointment by their first birthday and that they should have regular dental visits every 6 months. These early visits are important for many reasons, including helping your child to become comfortable in the dental office, helping you and your child to develop good oral care practices, and to identify any potential issues before they become serious. Gallatin Valley Pediatric Dentistry can provide your child with the dental care they need with preventive care visits starting at age one.
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Mouthguards / Sport Guards
At Gallatin Valley Pediatric Dentistry, we specialize in several preventive services designed to keep your child’s teeth in pristine condition. It’s never been easier to maintain a beautiful, clean, and healthy smile!
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At Gallatin Valley Pediatric Dentistry, we specialize in several preventive services, including dental sealants. We may recommend sealants if you want the best possible protection for your child’s molars and premolars. During their initial appointment, we will determine if your child is a suitable candidate for this safe and effective treatment.
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Your child’s baby teeth are important for many reasons. Among the many reasons is that they act as space holders. They preserve space in your child’s jaw so that the adult teeth will be able to come in properly when they are ready. When ready, the baby teeth fall out on their own. Sometimes, however, the baby teeth may fall out before they are ready. This can lead to serious issues such as overcrowding. The adult tooth might become blocked, making it difficult for it to come in. In such cases, we can provide what is known as a space maintainer. This is an appliance that holds the space open so the adult tooth can come in properly when it is time.
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Special Needs Dental Care
At Gallatin Valley Pediatric Dentistry, we enjoy serving the children in our community with top-notch dental care. This includes children with special health care needs (SHCN). Our office is designed to ensure that children from all walks of life receive the care they need to maintain pristine oral health. If you are the parent of a SHCN patient, you have come to the right place.
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Thumb Sucking and Pacifier Habits
Many young children suck their thumb or use a pacifier. These habits are perfectly normal and provide comfort. Most children with these habits stop on their own between the ages of 2 and 4. Before the age of 2, these habits are harmless. After 2 or 3, however, they can begin to impact oral development, leading to issues such as crooked teeth or an open bite. There are many ways you can help your child to break their thumb sucking or pacifier habits. If you are having trouble, we can provide you with additional tips or suggest an oral appliance.
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Tips For Brushing
Taking care of your child’s mouth starts early. Brushing is an important habit that ensures your child’s teeth stay healthy and cavity-free, and that their adult teeth develop and erupt properly when ready. At Gallatin Valley Pediatric Dentistry, we can help you help your child to develop proper brushing techniques so that their mouth remains healthy and their smile stays beautiful for their whole life.
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Tips For Flossing
Brushing your teeth only does so much to prevent tooth decay. Plaque also builds up in between the teeth, in areas that cannot be reached with the bristles of a brush. We floss these areas to reduce plaque buildup and remove food debris.
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If you have any questions about helping your child prevent cavities and other oral health issues, or to schedule an appointment, call Gallatin Valley Pediatric Dentistry at 406-224-4272 today!