Checkups and Cleanings
Checkups and Cleanings
Dental wellness check ups every six months provide Dr. Betty with a good opportunity to keep a close watch on your child’s teeth, gums, and overall oral health. And it’ll also get your young ones into the habit of regularly visiting the dentist and familiar with Clover Kids Dentistry.
The Benefits of Regular Dental Check-Ups
Regular check-ups also have the following benefits for your child:
- Prevents cavities forming or getting bigger
- Ensures their bite is correct
- Checks their teeth are growing as they should be
- Spots other dental issues early for easier/less expensive treatment
Pretty much any tooth can develop a cavity at any time. Of course, great dental care and oral hygiene can help prevent them, but there’s just no guarantee. Baby teeth and adult teeth are equally at risk.
If you or your child notices a cavity, or one is discovered during a check-up by Dr. Betty
, one of the best solutions is to fill the cavity with what’s known as a composite filling.
What is a composite dental filling?
A composite filling is a resin that’s the same color as teeth. It’s used to fill in the cavity in a tooth.
Some of the tools of the dental trade can look pretty scary for youngsters (and adults too). But a new wave of minimally invasive treatments is changing all that. Here at Clover Kids Dentistry, we’re determined to give our young patients access to the latest and least invasive dental treatments such as:
ICON Resin Infiltration: Corrects white spots on teeth
What is it?
A minimally invasive restorative cosmetic dentistry for improving the appearance of white spots on teeth. These can be caused by plaque, acids, and bacteria infecting the tooth’s enamel. The result is white spots on the surface of the tooth that will not go away on there own.
How are children’s teeth similar to an adult’s teeth? The back teeth perform most of the chewing!
This also means those teeth come into contact with foods that can lead to decay. Dental sealants protect these teeth and form a barrier over the tooth so that decay and cavities are less likely to occur.
What is a Dental Sealant?
Dental sealants are intended to help prevent cavities from forming by creating a strong, physical barrier between your child’s teeth and the oral bacteria that causes tooth decay. Tooth demineralization is caused by acid from bacteria eating away at the enamel.
At Clover Kids Dentistry, we know that kids want a sweet treat every once in a while. And no matter how much you ask, you can’t guarantee they’ll brush properly at least twice a day, every day.
High sugar intake and incorrect or infrequent brushing can lead to cavities. Fluoride treatments strengthen your child’s teeth and prevent cavities.
What is Fluoride?
Fluoride is a natural mineral that can protect teeth even when the enamel surface has been damaged by decay. Fluoride has long been an important tool in the dentist’s battle against decay, as it restores calcium levels in decaying teeth, and slows the production of corrosive acids that damage teeth.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped protective layer placed over the entire surface of a damaged or decayed tooth, right down to the gum line, to protect it from further damage or decay.
Why would my child need a dental crown?
Sometimes a tooth has a cavity that’s too large to benefit from a filling. So a dental crown is required to protect the tooth. Crowns are usually applied to rear teeth, or teeth that have been badly damaged. They can also be used to cover baby teeth that haven’t developed properly.
Sometimes baby teeth can stop adult teeth from erupting or coming in correctly. Or they can be so badly damaged or decayed that removal of the tooth is best for your child.
What is a tooth extraction?
It’s the removal of a tooth that is either so badly infected, decayed, or damaged that it cannot be saved by other dental treatments. Teeth can also be extracted if they pose a risk to other teeth, or are preventing your child’s adult teeth from growing.
Growth and Development
Growth & Development
Parents: maybe you can remember the phases of tooth growth development you experienced as a child, such as losing your first tooth, or your favorite flavor of toothpaste!
But if not, here’s a reminder of the things it’s great for you to watch out for and help with to ensure your child’s oral health:
Until they’re old enough to look after their own teeth (usually around age 8), you should help your child brush their teeth twice a day for a couple of minutes each time. The advantages of doing this are:
- Healthier teeth
- Fresher breath
- Fewer cavities
If your child has an infected adult tooth, timely intervention with root canal therapy is essential for protecting their smile. At Clover Kids Dentistry, Dr. Betty
is here to help. We offer minimally-invasive root canal therapy to restore your child’s smile and bite, and preserve their oral health for years to come. Learn more below, or contact us
now for a consultation.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is used to treat infected primary and adult teeth. Teeth usually become infected due to an extensive, untreated cavity that eats through the hard, outer layers of the tooth, and exposes the vulnerable “pulp” inside the tooth. However, dental trauma like a slip and fall can also crack or break the tooth, leading to an infection.
Mouthguards for Sports
Playing sports is an essential part of schooling for kids living in the Arvada, CO area. But some sports, especially football, soccer, and hockey pose a risk of breakage or damage to kids’ teeth. A bad tackle, accidental contact, or a ball or puck flying in the wrong direction can spoil a smile.
Let your child take to the field in confidence and style with a custom mouthguard shaped to fit and protect your child’s teeth.
Yip likes nothing more than protecting the teeth of the whole team, especially with team colors! Professional athletes wear mouthguards, and we know how much kids want to be like their heroes they see on the TV or in the stadium, so get your kid’s mouthguard measured and made at Clover Kids Dentistry!