Pediatric Dental Care in Lacey
At Peterson & Cammack, we are delighted to take care of children’s smiles the best way we know how—with equal measures of professional skill and friendly fun. Our dentists and their team know that if we can make your children’s visits to the dentist pleasant, then they are more likely to maintain regular dental care as they mature and grow into adulthood. So, when you bring your children to our office, they’ll be treated to an atmosphere that is warm and inviting and they’ll receive all of the dental treatments they need to have healthy and happy smiles for many years.
The Early Years of Dental Care
Drs. Peterson and Cammack recommend that your child begin coming to our office for regularly scheduled dental cleanings and exams by the time they are two years old. But even before their initial appointment, proper at-home oral hygiene is important. Be sure to gently wipe your baby’s gums with a dampened cloth after each feeding, and when that first tooth arrives it’s time to begin gently cleaning with a soft brush and warm water. And once there are two touching teeth, you should begin flossing. Even children are susceptible to the bacterial infection of gum disease, so removing plaque from between teeth at an early age is a good habit to start.
During an initial visit with the children’s dentist in Lacey, we’ll count your child’s teeth, examine each tooth for signs of decay, clean and polish their teeth and check the development of his or her smile and bite. As they mature, we’ll continue to carefully monitor the development of their smiles and make recommendations for special treatment such as orthodontics when necessary.
Fluoride Treatments and Dental Sealants
For everyone, tooth decay is a constant threat. The battle can be more difficult for children especially because they may not brush and floss their teeth as thoroughly as necessary. For this reason, your child’s dentist in Lacey may suggest two treatments that can help them win this fight.
Fluoride is a natural mineral that strengthens the enamel covering of teeth. Enamel is made of mineral crystals and everyday minerals are lost and gained. Fluoride helps to remineralize the enamel so your child’s teeth are strong and able to resist the acids and toxins that can lead to decay. In our office, we apply fluoride as a foam or gel for a few minutes and then rinse.
Dental sealants provide a semi-permanent barrier between your children’s teeth and decay-causing bacteria. Because cavities most often occur on molars, sealants are applied to them for an added layer of protection. Sealants go on as a clear plastic liquid and are then quickly dried with a curing light. At every cleaning and exam we’ll check your child’s sealants, but they can be expected to last for at least 10 years.
Schedule Your Child’s Dental Checkup
Contact Peterson & Cammack Dentistry today to schedule your son or daughter’s first check-up!