Prevention is the key to a healthy and beautiful smile, especially for children. At Madison Family Dental Associates, we specialize in several preventive services to help your child maintain excellent oral health.
Cleanings, Exams, & X-rays
Cleanings, exams, and x-rays are the backbone of preventive dentistry. Professional cleanings can reduce or eliminate plaque and tartar (calcified plaque) deposits. Diagnostic tools like x-rays allow us to catch instances of decay and gum disease before they result in major complications.
Tips for Brushing
During your first appointment, can show you the proper brushing technique for your infant or toddler. As the child grows older, we will show them the proper technique as well. Our goal is to make education fun and enjoyable, which helps your child establish better oral hygiene habits.
Tips for Flossing
Flossing is equally as important as brushing, yet many children still struggle to do it every day. Flossing is an effective way to remove food debris and bacteria from in between the teeth. It is also the best way to prevent gum disease.
The posterior teeth, mainly the molars and premolars, have deep grooves and fissures in the occlusal (bite) surface. These areas can trap bacteria, which ultimately results in tooth decay. A dental sealant is a plastic coating placed on the occlusal surface to protect the tooth from this harmful bacteria.
Importance of Fluoride for Oral Health
Fluoride treatment is a routine part of pediatric dentistry. Despite popular misconceptions, fluoride can be immensely beneficial to your child’s oral health. This naturally-occurring mineral can strengthen enamel and even reverse minor instances of decay. will assess the need for fluoride treatment during your child’s initial appointment.
Sports and other physical activities can put your child’s teeth at risk of injury. A sports guard is a plastic appliance the protects the teeth from trauma. We may also recommend a mouthguard if your child grinds their teeth in their sleep. Bruxism (teeth grinding) can result in severe enamel wear that affects the aesthetics and structure of their teeth.
Child Dental Care FAQs
We understand that most parents have questions about their child’s oral health. As pediatric dentists, we believe we must help educate children and adults alike. We want to establish a strong foundation of oral health that follows your child into adulthood.
Infant Dental Care
The American Dental Association (ADA) states that a child should receive a professional evaluation by their first birthday, or by the time their first tooth erupts. Proper infant dental care can prevent early instances of tooth decay and gum disease. It also helps us catch and correct development issues before they cause major problems for their permanent teeth.
Thumb, Finger, & Pacifier Habits
Infants and toddlers can develop certain habits that may be detrimental to their oral health. Excessive thumb, finger, or pacifier-sucking may cause their primary teeth to shift out of their proper position. This can ultimately result in eruption issues for their permanent teeth.
Schedule a Consultation
If you would like to find out more about our preventive services, our team is happy to help. Call 608-274-5970 to schedule your child’s initial consultation today!
5709 Odana Road,
Madison, WI 53719
Mon - Thurs: 7 am - 7 pm
Friday: 7 am - 4 pm
502 Nelson Court,
DeForest, WI 53532
Monday: 8 am - 5 pm
Tuesday: 7 am - 4 pm
Wednesday: 8 am - 5 pm
Thursday: 8 am - 5 pm