Going to the dentist can be scary. That’s why we do everything we can to make sure your family has an enjoyable experience at Cornerstone Dental of Rexburg. With premium dental care for your child, come and see why Cornerstone Dental of Rexburg is at the forefront of children’s dentistry in Rexburg. Give us a call today to learn about our dentistry services and set up a dental visit for your family!
Our dental office recommends parents bring their child in within six months of their first tooth erupting or by the time they turn one. Our routine checkups and cleanings are relatively short in their early years. Much of their appointment revolves around teaching parents the importance of at-home care and treatments they may want to consider. Dr. Crofoot is very gentle and only intend on briefly examining your child’s mouth for early signs of plaque or tartar and removing it as needed.
Children are one of the most vulnerable group to tooth decay. However, certain teeth are more susceptible to developing decay compared to others. Molars and premolars carry many deep pits and grooves for food debris to get caught in, making oral care more difficult. To provide additional protection to cavities in baby and primary teeth, dental sealants can provide an additional barrier. These sealants are made from a mixture of glass and plastic called composite resin and designed to last a minimum of 10 years before needing reapplication.
Children are still getting the hang of their oral care routine, therefore, they could use all the protection they can as they hone their technique and habits. After their cleaning, our dental office will provide a fluoride treatment that strengthens enamel, protects their teeth and reduces the risk of cavity development. Keep in mind that professional fluoride treatments carry much higher concentrations of fluoride compared to what you’d find over-the-counter.
If your child already has a cavity, silver diamine fluoride (SDF) can work to prevent the cavity from worsening. Not only does it work to kill bacteria associated with that cavity, but it impedes it from spreading to other teeth. Furthermore, SDF is ideal for helping young patients who struggle to receive fillings or have sensitive teeth. If you can’t get to our dental office as often as you need to, SDF can provide the protection you need.
It’s not something you’d ever want to hear as a parent, but cavities happen. If we determine that your child has a cavity, it doesn’t mean they’re about to receive a mouth full of metal just to restore it. Our dental office utilizes composite resin to effectively restore teeth damaged by decay. The good news is tooth-colored fillings are still incredibly durable without forcing you to make a change in your smile’s appearance.
Is your child particularly active in football, basketball, soccer, hockey, or another contact sport? Instead of relying on mass-produced mouthguards that often feel uncomfortable and cumbersome, consider a custom-made mouthguard made by our dental office! Not only does it provide optimal protection, but it’s sure to get plenty of use thanks to its supreme comfort. It doesn’t matter if you’re in little league or a student at Brigham Young University in Idaho, a custom mouthguard is the real deal when it comes to protecting your smile.
Sleep disordered breathing (SDB) can have a lasting impact on your child. From the inability to breathe freely while sleeping to potentially negative behavioral and social impact to facial abnormalities, knowing how to recognize the signs and symptoms is crucial. Fortunately, our team is here to help you navigate this common problem and provide your child with the treatment they need to breathe easier, rest better, and live a healthier life.
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When it comes to your child’s oral health, it is perfectly understandable that you have some unanswered questions, so we’re here to help! Here are the answers to some of the most common questions we receive about children’s dentistry in Rexburg. If you don’t see the information that you’re looking for below, don’t hesitate to give us a call . We’d be happy to help you out and get your child scheduled for their next appointment.
Your child shouldn’t be using fluoridated toothpaste until there are three. Before then, clean your child’s teeth with water and a soft-bristled toothbrush. After they turn three, they may begin using toothpaste, but their brushing should be supervised. This way, you can ensure that they are using no more than a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and don’t swallow it.
Toothaches are never fun – especially for children. If your child has a toothache, have them rinse the area with warm salt water and place a cold compress on their cheek if there is any swelling. Acetaminophen can help manage discomfort. Give us a call to schedule your child an urgent visit. This way, we can get to the root of the problem.
Thumb and pacifier-sucking habits aren’t usually a problem unless they go on for a very long time. Most of the time, children will discontinue these habits on their own. However, if they are still sucking their thumb past the age of three, this is something you may want to discuss with their dentist. This way, you can take steps to help your child discontinue this habit.
There is very little risk associated with modern dental X-rays. Children’s dentists are especially careful to limit the amount of radiation to which children are exposed. That’s why we use lead aprons and high-speed film to ensure safety and minimize the amount of radiation. The truth is that dental X-rays represent a far smaller risk than an undetected and untreated dental problem.
Be sure that your child has a balanced diet. This means fruits, vegetables, healthy proteins, cereals, and dairy products, like milk and cheese. Limiting their servings of sugary and starchy foods will also help to prevent decay over time.