Icon Dental is a family-oriented dental practice, and we warmly welcome children. We encourage parents to book their child’s first dental visit as soon as their baby teeth start to erupt. This is the perfect age to begin their preventive dental care and helps ensure they grow up with strong, healthy teeth without any dental fears or phobias.
Initially, when children are still very young, we work with parents, so we can show you how best to care for your child’s teeth. Then, as your child grows up, we can begin teaching them how to brush and floss properly. Additionally, we can talk to your child about the importance of a good diet and how it helps to protect their teeth.
Our dental team all love working with children, treating them gently as if they were our own. We make every effort to ensure each visit is enjoyable and are experienced in gently explaining dental care in terms children can easily understand.
Protecting Children’s Teeth
As part of our preventive approach to dentistry, we offer two treatments that are very helpful for protecting children’s teeth.
Fluoride is extremely useful for hardening teeth and is applied topically so that it can be absorbed into the tooth enamel.
Fissure sealants are generally used to protect a child’s adult back teeth soon after they erupt. The sealant is applied to the chewing surfaces of these teeth, soon hardening to create a thin, durable film that helps prevent tooth decay.
Custom Made Mouthguards for Budding Athletes
Sports are great for helping children stay healthy and active, but many sporting activities carry the risk of dental injuries.
For example, a blow to the mouth could chip or break a child’s tooth or even knock out a tooth entirely, potentially leaving them with a lifetime of costly dental bills.
A custom-made mouthguard is the best way to protect these teeth and is comfortable to wear.
Myofunctional Therapy to Straighten Teeth Naturally
Many children have crooked or overcrowded teeth, and often these problems are due to functional habits such as thumb sucking, tongue thrusting and mouth breathing. When this is the case, we might suggest myofunctional therapy, which can begin as early as age three. Treatment can help a child’s jaws develop more fully by teaching children how to breathe and swallow correctly. The therapy helps their jaws develop more fully, creating enough room for adult teeth to erupt properly and creating an optimal facial profile.