Preventative Services

Preventative Services

Why is preventative dentistry important?
Oral health affects general health. Oral problems can interfere with eating, speaking, self-esteem and daily activities. Extensive decay can affect development and growth. Children experiencing tooth pain may not be able to focus on their studies at school. A healthy smile is more attractive, which positively impacts confidence. Most importantly, preventative dentistry results in less extensive and less expensive dental care.

When should preventative dentistry begin?
Preventative dental care begins when the first tooth erupts. Your child’s first visit to the pediatric dentist should occur when the first tooth erupts or no later than 12 months of age. Early dental visits and the establishment of the "dental home" is the foundation for maintaining good oral health for a lifetime.

What role do parents play in prevention?
Following a thorough clinical exam, and an assessment of your child’s risk for developing cavities, Dr. Tanner will customize a prevention plan for home care. Parents act as partners with our office to help their child develop a lifetime of healthy habits.

How do pediatric dentists help prevent dental problems?
Dr. Tanner and his staff have the training and expertise to develop a prevention plan to ensure your child maintains a healthy smile. Your child’s prevention plan includes routine dental visits for cleanings, polishing, and fluoride treatments. If needed, Dr. Tanner can also apply sealants to cavity prone areas, and recommend a mouthguard to prevent sports injuries to the teeth and face. In addition, he can provide an early evaluation of orthodontic problems and refer to an orthodontic specialist at the appropriate time.