From toddlers to teens, our dentists take an enthusiastic approach to every pediatric visit to keep your child’s smile healthy.
During pediatric appointments, we communicate with your child in a way that they will understand and appreciate so they stay informed and excited about their dental health.
Bringing your child to Vivid Smiles for regular preventive appointments is one of the best ways to ensure the development of healthy life-long dental habits.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that you bring your child in for their first appointment when their first tooth erupts or when they turn 1 year old; whichever comes first. Consistent visits to the dentist from an early age are the best way to mitigate dental anxiety, encourage better oral hygiene habits, and keep your child’s mouth healthy.
The details of your child’s first visit will depend on their age. If your little one does not yet have most of their baby teeth, one of our dentists will gently clean their teeth and gums, then discuss your child’s oral development with you and answer any questions you may have.
If your child has most or all of their baby teeth, we will perform a gentle, standard teeth cleaning. A hygienist will clean away plaque and tartar using special dental tools, then, buff, polish, and floss their teeth. One of our dentists will conduct a thorough oral exam, and may recommend x-rays, if necessary. We will discuss your child’s oral health, and answer any questions you or your little one may have.
Dental sealants consist of a special type of dental resin that is applied directly to the rear teeth. When the resin is hardened, it creates a strong barrier that helps protect the teeth from bacteria, acid, and food debris. In turn, this helps prevent cavities for up to 10 years. If your child is cavity-prone, dental sealants are a good option to ensure that their teeth are protected.
The first stage of tooth decay is called a “soft spot.” This occurs when tooth enamel has been weakened, but a cavity has not yet formed. During a fluoride treatment, a strong fluoride solution is painted onto the affected teeth. This remineralizes your enamel and strengthens it, effectively reversing the effects of minor tooth decay.
As experienced family dentists, Dr. Paruchuri and Dr. Philip can effectively treat children of any age. We also welcome children who have behavioral disorders, and who may have proven difficult for other dentists to treat. With our treatment methods and gentle, caring approach, we provide every child with the care they need for a healthy mouth.