At Topeka Dentistry, welcoming new families to our warm and friendly practice is one of the best parts of our job. Our Topeka, KS family dentists Dr. Carrie Peterson and Dr. Ben Rutherford know that healthy oral habits start young. Proper dental care is vital for every member of your family, and we are here to help keep your children's teeth healthy and strong.
Common Childhood Oral Problems
Cavities are the most common deep-rooted childhood obstacle. Studies indicate that one in every four children has at least one cavity by the age of four.
What are cavities?
Cavities occur when the protective enamel surface becomes damaged, creating tiny holes. Many things can result in damaged teeth, including a build-up of plaque (a thin, sticky film full of harmful bacteria that adheres to your teeth), lots of sugary food and drinks, poor oral hygiene, and more.
Children tend to be at higher risk for tooth decay due to their love of sweets, and fine motor skills that are still developing. At Topeka Dentistry, we urge parents to bring their children in to see us.
The first six months after the first baby tooth emerges marks the first of many important dental visits. We ask that families bring their babies to see us no later than age one. By making dental visits a commonplace and stress-free visit, we can help children grow up feeling comfortable with oral hygiene and visiting their friendly dental team.
Every age may have their own specific dental issues that we can address to avoid immediate or future dental problems.
Why It's Crucial to Care for Baby Teeth
One of our goals for early dental visits is to allow your child to gradually gain positive reinforcement about taking care of their teeth. We make dental visits gentle and fun, and our goal is to encourage your daughter or son to get to know and trust us at their own pace.
Oral health doesn't have to be a chore and can actually be a fun family adventure.
Another primary goal is to create a consistent habit by seeing your child every six months. This provides a stable routine and allows Dr. Rutherford or Dr. Peterson to monitor their dental health. Prevention is the best treatment.
Baby teeth are important to help practice oral habits and allowing them to fall out naturally without disrupting their natural progression.
Procedures That Protect Your Child's Teeth
As your child becomes comfortable with dental cleanings and check-ups, we may start recommending treatments to keep their teeth and gums vibrant. Some common treatments include:
- Fluoride – Acid naturally happens after we eat or drink and increases the risk of cavities. Fluoride treatments fight against bacteria or acid that can weaken the enamel.
- Dental sealants – Prevention is our best bet for keeping your child's mouth healthy. Sealants act like a protective layer that seals out bacteria. We may recommend this if your child has rough or uneven surfaces where bacteria can easily hide.
Is Your Child Ready for Their First Dental Visit?
Drs. Carrie Peterson and Ben Rutherford enjoy their youngest patients and treat them with the same attentiveness and kindness that they would want for their own families.
Please call Topeka Dentistry to schedule a first visit to our warm and friendly dental office.