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Care of Your Child’s Teeth

Teaching your kids the right way to take care of their smile is very important. We would be glad to give both you & your child the oral hygiene education you need in order to keep you clean & cavity-free.

Begin daily brushing as soon as the child’s first tooth erupts. A pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste can be used after the child is old enough not to swallow it. By age 4 or 5, children should be able to brush their own teeth twice a day, with supervision, until about age 7, in order to make sure they are doing a thorough job. However, each child’s progress will be different. Proper brushing removes plaque from the inner, outer & chewing surfaces. When teaching children to brush, place the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle. Start along the gum line with a soft bristle brush in a gentle circular motion. Brush the outer surfaces of every tooth, both upper & lower. Repeat the same method on the inside surfaces & chewing surfaces of all the teeth. Finish by brushing the tongue to help freshen breath & remove bacteria.

Flossing removes plaque between the teeth where a toothbrush can’t reach. Flossing should begin when any two teeth touch. You may wish to floss the child’s teeth until he or she can do it alone. Use about 18 inches of floss, winding most of it around the middle fingers of both hands. Hold the floss lightly between the thumbs & forefingers. Use a gentle, back-&-forth motion to guide the floss between the teeth. Curve the floss into a C-shape & slide it into the space between the gum & tooth until you feel resistance. Gently scrape the floss against the side of the tooth. Repeat this procedure on each tooth. Don’t forget behind the four teeth in the back!

These oral hygiene tips are important, especially for your kids. By educating them at a younger age, they’ll have the correct knowledge to provide them with a lifetime of excellent dental health! Call us for your appointment & consultation today!

Digital X-Rays For Your Child

We offer in-office digital x-rays for your convenience. Digital x-rays are computer-generated images that require up to 90% less radiation than with conventional film-type x-rays. Instead of using the traditional silver-oxide x-ray film that must be developed & then fixed in caustic & environmentally damaging solutions, the new system helps our doctors take pictures via a small electronic sensor & instantaneously transmits a picture of the tooth onto the video monitor in the Branchview Dental Care treatment room. Therefore, we can see your teeth & surrounding structures immediately. Feel free to contact us for more details, or to make an appointment!

Space Maintainers For Children

If a primary molar is lost early, a space maintainer will be necessary to hold that space open until the permanent tooth is ready to come through. In some cases, the space maintainer may be needed for as long as ten years. Without space maintainers, crowding & the need for braces is almost always the end result.

Children’s Sealants

Sealants are highly effective in preventing tooth decay on the biting surfaces of chewing teeth. A sealant is a simple procedure in which we place a clear or tooth-colored acrylic “coating” onto the surface of the tooth. This effectively “seals” the deep grooves where decay is most likely to begin. This technique is usually done on permanent molars as soon as they have erupted enough to be sealed. Sometimes, primary molars have grooves deep enough to require sealing as well. At less than half the cost of conventional filling, without any anesthetics or drilling, sealants are one of the most important preventive tools Branchview Dental Care offers. Call us at Branchview Dental Care to schedule your appointment today!

Infant Dental Care

It’s never too early to begin providing your child with dental care, especially when you consider that half of children ages 5 through 9 have already had at least one cavity. That’s why we recommend an oral health consultation visit by age 1. Our goal is to establish a relationship of trust & gentleness with your infant, so we’re happy to treat your child while he or she sits in your lap. Beginning dental care early is a great way to ensure optimal dental health for many years to come!

Children’s Tooth Decay & Repair

For small cavities in primary molars, simple fillings may be all that is necessary. However, in the case of large cavities, enough of the tooth may have been lost that a filling may not be enough. In cases like this, a pediatric stainless steel crown is placed to maintain the tooth & its space-maintaining function until the tooth would normally be lost. Primary front teeth may be restored with tooth-colored filling material or a stainless steel crown with tooth-colored material as a facing to improve the appearance. The severity of the tooth decay will help us determine which treatment is best.

Regular Dental Hygiene Visits For Your Child

Dental check-ups on a regular basis are a very important part of maintaining your child’s teeth & establishing good habits for diet & home care. The frequency of your visits to Branchview Dental Care is based upon your child’s needs & oral health. During your visit, we will update the medical history, check your child’s teeth for cavities, review oral hygiene instructions & diet & evaluate your child for developing orthodontic needs. Fluoride treatments are provided & home fluoride rinses or tablets are prescribed when needed & appropriate.