Little Teeth. Big Smiles.
Children's Dentistry in Sunbury
At Shine Dental, we know that nothing is more important than your child’s health. We take a positive, upbeat approach to every pediatric visit to encourage enthusiasm about dental health and hygiene habits. Visiting our office twice a year for preventive care will ensure that your child’s mouth is healthy, carefree, and strong. Call us today to schedule a pediatric appointment for your little one!
Your Child’s First Dental Visit
When to Schedule an Appointment
The AAPD (American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry) recommends that children visit the dentist for the first time when they turn one year old, or when their first tooth comes in (whichever comes first). Seeing a dentist from a very young age helps your child become more familiar with the process of a dental appointment and gives our team an opportunity to catch any dental health issues before they become bigger problems.
What to Expect
At Your Child’s First Dental Appointment
The details of your child’s first visit will depend on her age and how many teeth she has. If your child is young and has only a few baby teeth, the appointment will consist of a gentle cleaning & oral exam of each tooth. Dr. Miller will answer any questions you may have about your child’s early oral development and offer tips to encourage healthy habits.
If your child is between 2-3 or has most of his baby teeth, the appointment will include a standard cleaning. Dr. Miller will remove plaque and tartar from your child’s teeth, buff and polish her pearly whites, and give them a good floss to remove any remaining debris. Then, she will examine your child’s mouth. Dr. Miller may also recommend x-rays, but only if she thinks they are necessary to diagnose a suspected dental issue.
Strengthen Little Teeth
Fluoride treatments are the best way to strengthen teeth that have been weakened by oral bacteria and acid. Fluoride helps “remineralize” teeth and prevent cavities, and this treatment can even reverse minor cases of decay. During treatment, Dr. Miller will paint a fluoride-rich compound onto your child’s teeth and leave it in place for a few minutes. Then your child will spit out the fluoride and the treatment will be complete! The fluoride will help attract minerals like calcium and phosphates to your child’s teeth, strengthening them and reversing the effects of minor decay.
Dental sealants are a great way to protect your child’s teeth from cavities. They consist of a clear liquid resin that is applied to your child’s rear teeth. Once the resin is in place, a UV light is used to harden it into a strong protective barrier. This barrier prevents food debris, oral bacteria and acid from contacting your child’s teeth directly. In turn, this prevents the formation of cavities.