Nothing is more frustrating than feeling as though you’re doing everything right for your child’s home care, yet facing a diagnosis with multiple cavities. Dental decay (caries) is the most common childhood disease in the United States. Few of us escape having at least a couple of fillings in our youth. Despite how common it is, dental decay is highly preventable with the proper treatment.
The good news is that you do not need to go to a specialized children’s dentist (pediatric dentist) in order to improve and maintain the health of your child. Dr. Ryan Bond has years of experience working with children of all ages. We refer patients to a children’s dentist when we think it will improve their experience, but in most cases, we offer treatment right here in our Longmont family dental office.
Childhood Caries Prevention
- Professional exams – Periodic oral exams starting at the age of three with Dr. Ryan Bond will help us monitor your child’s health so that we can note any changes early and stop potential conditions before they start.
- Dental cleanings – No matter how diligent you are with your child’s home care, a toothbrush and floss cannot reach every area of your child’s small mouth. highly skilled hygienists will use precision instruments and gentle techniques to remove any decay causing plaque and bacteria from your little one’s teeth.
- Fluoride treatment – Fluoride strengthens enamel and protects it from the acids that cause decay. Fluoride comes in a varnish and a gel and is beneficial for children who are susceptible to decay or who do not receive sufficient amounts from their drinking water.
- Dental sealants – Dental sealants create a barrier between food particles, bacteria, and the chewing surfaces of your child’s teeth. Sealants are highly beneficial for patients with deep grooves in their teeth. They are affordable and can last for up to five years.
We work with parents to create a regular home care routine, preventative treatment schedule, and recommend any additional precautions we feel may benefit your child in creating a lifelong history of excellent oral health.