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Children need regular teeth cleanings to prevent cavities and other painful problems from occurring. Tooth decay is a very common chronic condition in children. About one in every five children between the ages of 5 and 11 have at least one untreated cavity, and 13% of teenagers between the ages of 12 and 19 have at least one tooth with dental decay. Left untreated, tooth decay can cause infection and pain that may lead to problems eating, speaking and even focusing on schoolwork.
The good news is that tooth decay is preventable. At Galt Family Dentistry, our kids’ dentist looks forward to working with you to keep your child’s smile healthy and bright. Here are some of the dental treatments for children that we provide:
Teeth Cleanings for Children in Fort Lauderdale:
Our experienced family dentists and hygienists will gently remove cavity-causing plaque that builds up on your child’s teeth.
Fluoride is often called nature’s cavity fighter. Fluoride strengthens the surface of teeth so they are more resistant to decay.
Our children’s dentist in Fort Lauderdale can apply a thin plastic resin coating on your child’s back teeth. That coating seals the little grooves on the chewing surfaces of those teeth to prevent food particles and bacteria from getting trapped. A sealed tooth is far less likely to develop a cavity, which can save your child tooth pain and the need for more extensive treatment like a filling or crown. Best of all, the sealing process is painless, and can last for years.
Our family dentists offer tooth-colored fillings to repair damage caused by a cavity.
Tooth-colored bonding materials are used to repair chips and small fractures to front teeth.
If your child has a cavity too large for a filling, or has a tooth break or crack, our dentist can place a tooth-colored crown on the tooth to protect it. The dentist will also place a crown on your child’s teeth that have been saved through root canal therapy. We typically prefer to save a baby tooth unless it’s near the time it would fall out naturally.
If your child loses a baby tooth due to an accident, dental decay, or for any other reason, our children’s dentist may place a space maintainer in the child’s mouth. Space maintainers keep that space open so the permanent tooth will have room to come in. They can also be useful with pre-orthodontic treatment.
If your child plays sports, we highly recommend a mouthguard. The American Dental Association recommends people wear mouthguards for dozens of sports activities, including skateboarding, basketball, football, martial arts, field hockey, gymnastics, and wrestling. You can purchase a boil-and-bite mouthguard at most sports stores, but our children’s dentist at Galt Family Dentistry can create a custom-made mouthguard that will be more comfortable and better protect your child’s teeth. And while some kids may complain about wearing a mouthguard, just remind them that the consequence could be getting a tooth knocked out.
Emergency Dental Services for Children:
If you child knocks a tooth loose, chips a tooth, or knocks a tooth completely out, call Galt Family Dentistry for help. The number is (954) 302-7410.