Children’s Dentistry – Landrum, SC
Compassionate Dental Care for Young Smiles
The foundation for a lifelong healthy smile starts with early dental care. Although your child’s baby teeth eventually fall out, they have important roles in their oral health and development while they are in place. To ensure their teeth stay strong and healthy, you need a dentist for children in Landrum. At Parkside Dental, Dr. Moneyhun caters to young smiles to create the foundation they need for lasting oral health.
Dental Care for Children
Although your child’s baby teeth are only in place for a few short years, they allow them to learn how to chew and speak correctly. They also act as placeholders for the adult teeth. If issues occur with the primary teeth, it can have lasting consequences for your child’s oral health and development. Besides brushing and flossing at home, it is recommended your child visits their dentist in Landrum for the first time before the age of 1.
It is best your child brushes their teeth twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and a fluoride toothpaste. To clean areas their toothbrush cannot reach, it is important for them to floss daily beginning at the age of 6 years old. Unfortunately, children often have poor oral hygiene habits and techniques. This creates harmful accumulations on their teeth that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
A routine cleaning allows us to remove the buildup and polish their teeth for a beautiful smile. Our dental hygienist discusses your child’s current oral hygiene habits and takes the time to educate them about the proper techniques to use to keep their smile clean in between appointments.
A routine checkup allows us to monitor the health and development of your child’s smile. Besides a visual examination, Dr. Moneyhuh uses digital x-rays to look for any issues that may be brewing beneath the surface. Regular monitoring allows Dr. Moneyhuh to find any areas of concern while they are still small. Early intervention lessens the need for an invasive treatment in the future.
Based on the result of the examination, he may recommend additional preventive treatments, such as a fluoride varnish or dental sealant. A fluoride varnish helps keep your child’s enamel strong to prevent tooth decay while a dental sealant is a protective barrier against cavity-causing bacteria.
Promoting a Healthy Smile
In between dental appointments, there are several things you can do at home to help protect the health and development of your child’s smile:
- Encourage brushing their teeth twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and a fluoride toothpaste.
- Teach them to floss in between each tooth every night.
- Limit their consumption of sugary foods and drinks.
- Provide a well-balanced diet.
- Use an athletic mouthguard when participating in sports.
- Drink fluorinated tap water to protect against cavities.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
Parkside Dental strives to create generations of healthy smiles. We provide the compassionate services children need to enjoy their time at the dentist. If it is time for your child’s first visit or they need a cleaning and checkup, contact our office today to schedule an appointment.