Pediatric Dentistry

Twin Falls, ID

Dentistry For Kids

Adults are not the only ones who need to take good care of their mouths. Oral care is important from the very early years. Your child’s oral care is essential for ensuring that their mouth grows and develops properly and that they avoid serious issues such as cavities and infections. At Summit Dental Care, we can help you to take good care of your child’s mouth with dentistry for kids.

Why Is Dental Care Important For Kids?

Even kids need dental care. It’s recommended that children be seen by their first birthday for their very first appointment, even if they do not yet have any teeth. The baby teeth, while temporary, perform numerous essential functions. Taking good care of them is important for ensuring that they perform those functions properly. Part of good oral care is having your child’s teeth cleaned and examined twice a year, just like you.

Preventative Dental Care

A big part of the preventative care we provide for your child is routine cleanings and exams. Cleanings eliminate buildup from their teeth, which helps to prevent the development of decay and cavities. Exams are important for the early detection of issues so that we can treat them before they turn into something worse. We can also spot potential orthodontic issues, which might require early treatment or braces to correct.

In addition to cleanings and exams, we provide other preventative services for kids as well. We can provide sealants and fluoride treatments, which help your child to prevent cavities further. We can also provide your child with a custom mouthguard if they play sports to help protect their teeth, jaws, and other soft tissues in their mouth.

Restorative Dental Care

Even with good preventative care, cavities and other issues can still develop. Should your child develop a cavity, damage a tooth, or have any other oral health issue, we can help to diagnose it and provide them with the care they need to restore the health of their mouth. We can provide your child with fillings for cavities, dental crowns for damaged or decayed teeth, tooth extractions, and more. With restorative care, we can help to protect your child’s oral health and ensure proper development as they continue to grow.

Helping Your Child Take Care Of Their Mouth At Home

A big part of your child’s dental care takes place right at home. We can help you through all stages of growth to ensure that you and your child take good care of their mouth. Oral care starts early, even before the first baby teeth appear. As the teeth begin to erupt, we can help you to take good care of them and help your child prevent cavities. As your child gets older and becomes more independent, we can help them to understand the importance of taking good care of their teeth. We can also provide you with tips on how to motivate your child and empower them to take care of their teeth at home.

For more information about the dental services that we provide for children, and to schedule an appointment for your child, call Summit Dental Care at (208) 733-9999 today.

Dental Sealants

Sometimes, the best way to maintain the cosmetics of your smile is to prevent potential problems. At Summit Dental Care, we offer dental sealants to protect teeth from decay, which in turn, preserves the aesthetics of your smile.

What Are Dental Sealants?

A dental sealant is a plastic shield that is typically placed on the occlusal (biting) surface of permanent teeth in the posterior region of the mouth. These teeth, the molars, and premolars possess deep grooves and fissures that are difficult to clean. In fact, some of these grooves are so narrow they cannot be penetrated by the bristles of a toothbrush.

A dental sealant provides extra protection for these grooves by smoothing out the occlusal surface, making it much easier to clean. It also seals out the harmful bacteria that result in tooth decay. These bacteria are found in plaque, which can build up relatively fast in these deep areas, especially without proper brushing and flossing. Sealants prevent the acids produced by bacteria from attacking the enamel.

Who Qualifies For Dental Sealants?

The molars and premolars are particularly difficult to clean for children and teenagers. Patients in this age range are normally at a greater risk for developing tooth decay. This makes children and teenagers the ideal candidates for dental sealants.

We typically recommend sealants as soon as their molars and premolars erupt above the gumline. In this way, dental sealants can safeguard your child’s oral health, and establish a strong foundation that will follow them into adulthood. However, it is important to note that dental sealants are not a substitute for good oral hygiene practices.

Proper brushing and flossing techniques are the best way to reduce your child’s risk of developing tooth decay. Be sure they are brushing their teeth at least twice a day, especially after meals and before bed. Flossing once a day is also a crucial part of your child’s oral health.

While children are the prime candidates for dental sealants, adults can also benefit, especially those at a greater risk for developing tooth decay. Risk factors include poor oral hygiene, genetics, diet, and certain medications. As long as you do not have existing decay or restorations, you could qualify for dental sealants.

The Application Of Dental Sealants

During the application of dental sealants, we first thoroughly examine, clean, and wash the tooth with a special paste and rotating brush. Next, we rinse the tooth with water. Once the tooth is completely dry, we use an acidic solution on the grooved areas to create a rough exterior. A rough surface allows the sealant to better adhere to the tooth. The sealant is then placed over the occlusal surface in liquid form. Next, we use an ultraviolet curing light to harden the material in place. After the sealant is hard, it transforms into a plastic varnish coating that can withstand the pressures of your bite.

Once a sealant is in place, it can protect a tooth from decay for upwards of ten years. We may ask you to schedule a follow-up appointment so we can monitor the sealant. We may suggest a replacement sealant due to standard wear and tear.

Schedule An Appointment

If you would like to learn more about the dental sealant process, call (208) 733-9999, and schedule an appointment!