Toddlers are little bundles of fun, but they are at an age when they need a lot of help to maintain healthy teeth and gums. This time in their life is ideal for you to start educating them about the importance of dental care and the dangers of bad oral habits. It is also vital that you partner with an experienced pediatric dentist in Denver to help your little one enjoy a healthy, radiant smile. Dr. Patrick and our team are ready to fulfill that need.
At your child’s semi-annual cleanings and checkups, your dentist for toddlers in Denver will examine your little one’s teeth and let you know if there are any developing oral health issues. When your child is a toddler is also the time when they will start to receive regular professional cleanings. Dr. Patrick’s extensive training and experience, along with his kid-friendly disposition, helps even the most rambunctious toddlers feel at ease in our office during these routine appointments.
As your little one’s teeth emerge, it is important that you take steps to protect them from cavities. Dr. Patrick might recommend dental sealants as the best way to prevent food and bacteria from clinging to your child’s teeth and causing decay. Sealants are simply a thin plastic barrier that we apply to the chewing surfaces of molars and premolars. This preventive treatment is a quick, noninvasive, and completely painless way to keep your child’s smile in the best shape possible.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that is important in the development of teeth. It also plays a role in keeping teeth strong and replenishing the enamel as little bits of it get worn away through everyday eating and drinking. Fluoride is in most toothpastes and even in some municipal water supplies. However, Dr. Patrick and our team might recommend that your child receive a concentrated fluoride treatment during their team in our office to give their teeth an extra layer of protection against decay.
Cavities can afflict people of any age, even toddlers. If your child should develop signs of dental decay, we may be able to stop the problem with a tooth-colored filling. The material used in the filling will be shade-matched to blend in with the surrounding enamel, so your child’s smile will retain its natural radiance. These fillings are also completely mercury-free. The application process is relatively quick, and Dr. Patrick’s kind demeanor and advanced training makes children feel at ease during this restorative procedure.
Dr. Patrick and our team have all the training and experience it takes to spot visible signs of oral health problems — but they cannot see what is going on beneath your child’s gumline without the help of digital X-Rays. We’ll periodically recommend X-Rays for your toddler to check for developmental issues, infections, and other potential issues. The imaging process is fast and painless. And you don’t have to worry about whether the X-Rays are safe; digital X-Rays use about 90 percent less radiation than their traditional film counterparts. They will not harm even the smallest children.
Root canal therapy is usually thought of as a treatment for adults. However, toddlers often benefit from this tooth-saving procedure. During the treatment, Dr. Patrick carefully removes damaged and infected tissue from inside a tooth before filling the tooth with a special material. Saving baby teeth from extraction can help to ensure that your child’s smile develops properly and that they do not have to suffer with the inconveniences of premature tooth loss.
Thumb sucking is a habit that small children adopt to soothe themselves. For a time, this activity is fairly harmless. However, if it continues for too long, it can have a negative impact on the development of the teeth and jaw. If you are concerned about your child’s thumb sucking habit, bring them in for a consultation with our team. Dr. Patrick will put his experience and behavioral training to work to help your little one break free from this damaging activity before it causes permanent harm to their smile.
Toddlers are full of energy — but they can also be clumsy at times, a combination that puts them at a high risk of injuring their teeth. If your child ever experiences such a situation, contact us right away. We are often able to accept emergency patients on a same-day basis. We’ll evaluate the situation and quickly work to relieve your child’s pain. Dr. Patrick will do what he can to repair the damaged tooth (or teeth) and protect your little one’s long-term oral health.
Baby teeth should remain in the mouth until a child’s body naturally pushes them out. However, in some cases, extractions are necessary. This may be because a tooth is damaged or decayed, because there is a need to make room for orthodontic treatment, or for other reasons. If your child needs to undergo an extraction, we will go above and beyond to calm any nerves they have and make sure they feel comfortable during their appointment.
Are you looking for a dentist to care for your toddler’s oral health needs? Dr. Patrick and the team at Wash Park Pediatric Dentistry offer top-quality care in an experienced environment. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment for your little one.