Preventative Dentistry  Kingsford, MI
Preventive dentistry is a treatment philosophy that aims to prevent dental problems from developing, rather than responding with treatments as they arise.

It involves maintaining regular checkups and dental cleanings with the team at Northwoods Pediatric Dentistry, taking certain preventive measures like sealants and fluoride treatments, and practicing good oral hygiene at home with regular brushing and flossing.

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What are the benefits of preventive dentistry?

Preventive dentistry keeps your child’s mouth in a constant state of good health. By regularly monitoring their oral health and dental development, the team at Northwoods Pediatric Dentistry is able to catch problems before they have a chance to develop into something larger or more complex.

This ultimately saves your child from the pain or discomfort of a troublesome dental condition, and it saves you time, money, and energy in treating more advanced conditions.

What preventive services do you offer?

Some of the preventive services that Northwoods Pediatric Dentistry offers include:

Dental cleanings and exams
Routine cleanings and exams are the cornerstones of good preventive dentistry. No matter how well your child brushes and flosses, there are still typically trouble areas in their teeth or advanced plaque and tartar buildup that can only be removed with professional care.

Dental cleanings and exams also give the team the opportunity to teach your child good oral health habits, and it enables them to monitor for any signs of developing conditions like tooth decay.

Fluoride treatments
Fluoride is a mineral that strengthens your teeth and helps to prevent tooth decay and cavities from developing. There are a few different ways to administer fluoride, such as varnish, that the Northwoods Pediatric Dentistry team can perform during your child’s dental cleaning.

Sealants are another preventive measure that can help protect your child’s smile against tooth decay and cavities. They’re a liquid material that your dentist paints on the rough, ridged chewing surfaces of your child’s teeth. That liquid material then hardens, which makes your child’s chewing surfaces smoother and therefore less likely to gather debris and bacteria.

When should my child start seeing the dentist?

The earlier your child starts seeing a dentist, the better. You can book an appointment for them as soon as their baby teeth begin to emerge, and it’s best for them to be seen at least by the time they turn one year old.

To learn more about how the team at Northwoods Pediatric Dentistry can maintain your child’s oral health with preventive dentistry, schedule a visit today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.