From the single-toothed smile of an infant, to the gap-toothed smile of a grade schooler waiting on the tooth fairy, young smiles benefit from dental visits. A family dentist is an ideal person to provide dental care for all ages. At about age one (or whenever teeth begin to show from the gums) it is time to make an initial appointment for your child. At a family dentist, you and your child will be welcomed by our friendly atmosphere. Your child (and your child’s teeth) will benefit from the special attention of a family dentist.

Fluoride Treatments

Most American cities have fluoride added to drinking water, which strengthens tooth enamel with every sip. However, bottled water does not typically contain fluoride, nor do juices or other beverages. Your dentist can apply concentrated fluoride treatments to your child’s teeth , to help strengthen the tooth enamel against tooth decay.

Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are applied to the chewing surfaces of back teeth, to provide an extra layer of cavity protection. Children may not have the coordination to brush  all tooth surfaces carefully. Youngsters may also forget to brush, snack after brushing and brush too quickly to fully clean all parts of each tooth. Sealants help keep food particles from collecting on tooth surfaces, and this cuts short the food supply for harmful oral bacteria. And a bonus: sealants wear off naturally, so there is no need for a special appointment to remove them.

A Family-Friendly Dental Staff

It takes a special skill to work with sometimes-wiggly or perhaps nervous young patients. They have lots questions, and need child-sized answers. A family-friendly dental staff welcomes youngsters, and keeps current with innovations from ADA-approved  flavored tooth pastes, to the latest research on pacifiers and oral health.

We Care for Smiles from Infancy Onwards

There is a lifetime of benefit when you schedule dental visits and smile checkups for your child. Around age one, or when teeth begin to appear, schedule a consultation by calling Silver Smiles in Silver City, NM, today at (575) 534-3699.