Proactive dental care is important at any age, to prevent small issues from becoming bigger problems that will require more costly solutions. However, it’s especially important for children. Proactive care sets them up for excellent oral health – and improves their overall health too.
At our Hawthorne, CA office, we can:
- Make It Easier for Your Infant to Eat – If your baby has a tongue-tie or a lip-tie, it can make it difficult for them to nurse or use a bottle. This obviously makes it tough for them to gain weight and thrive. If your baby has difficulty latching on to a breast or bottle, bring them in for an exam. If our dentists find a tongue-tie or lip-tie, they can quickly and comfortably remove it with a laser. You will be both happier, and your baby will be healthier!
- Prevent Cavities – Dental decay is a common problem, but it’s also fairly easy to prevent. We can apply dental sealants and/or fluoride to your child’s teeth. The fluoride strengthens tooth enamel so it can better resist decay. Sealants are thin coatings on dental surfaces that create a barrier between cavity-causing bacteria and your child’s teeth.
- Lessen the Need for Orthodontic Treatment – Our dentists will closely monitor your child’s dental development. In some cases, they may suggest using an appliance, space maintainer, or other treatment as an early intervention that will minimize the need for future orthodontic treatment.
- Ensure Your Child Gets Restful Sleep – Just as in adults, sleep apnea can keep your child from breathing easily during the night and getting enough quality sleep. Unlike a CPAP, a custom-made sleep appliance is an unobtrusive solution to the problem. It gently moves your child’s jaw into a position that will keep their airway clear so they can breathe. They will enjoy the benefits of better rest, such as an improved disposition and more ability to focus during the day.