Preventive Dentistry
Early Oral Exams

During your child's oral exam we like to perform a professional gentle cleaning. While doing so, we examine your child's mouth to determine if dental x-rays are necessary.

After the exam we like to discuss future preventive care, including oral hygiene instructions, dietary counseling, tooth growth and development and answer any questions that you may have.

We want our patients to leave our office feeling comfortable and confident with their smile and overall oral health.

Oral Hygiene

Brushing teeth will vary depending on the age of the child.

For infants, we like to use a washcloth or an infant finger toothbrush.

For toddlers we move up to a soft bristled toothbrush with a thin smear of toothpaste.

A parent or adultshould help kids brush until they are 7 years old. At age 3, flossing back teeth and brushing at least 1 minute should start.

At age 7, most children can brush their own teeth for 2 minutes, twice daily and floss.

Flossing should not be neglected during the preventive measures that go along with brushing.

Flossing helps to reduce the plaque and tartar build-up throughout the tricky areas of the mouth. Whatever type of floss you prefer (floss string or picks) and is most comfortable, will work just fine.

Young children will need the adult to administer the flossing technique. Remember, be gentle but thorough. Dr. Franklin loves the Reach flossers for patients helping their kids with tight cheeks.

Fluoride

Developing teeth require certain minerals to help overall tooth structure as well as help fight cavities from forming.

Please let us know if you have questions about fluoride.

Dental Sealants

Permanent molars begin to erupt around the age of 6 years old. These molars have deep crevices and grooves that can hold cavity-causing bacteria, and plaque that are sometimes difficult to get rid of just by way of brushing.

We like to protect these teeth from cavities by applying sealants.

Sealants are a tooth colored "plastic" material that settle in to the grooves of the molar teeth.

Sealants should be checked each 6 month check-up.

Mouth Guards

Mouthguards are a necessity for contact sports.

It is extremely important to protect your teeth during physical activities. We all know accidents happen, but they are less likely to damage your teeth if your child is wearing their mouthguard.

Most often, boil and bite mouthguards are used. These can be purchased at a sporting goods store and are fitted to your childs mouth after softening in hot water.

Or, if you would like a custom fitted mouthguard, we can make one for your child that will have a better and more proper and comfortable fit.

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