Children’s Dentistry for Highland Park, Texas
Our Dallas, Texas dental is thrilled to treat children. Patients looking for a practice that offers both adult and children’s dentistry are invited to come see us. We know that families need convenient care and having the entire family visit the same dental office can save a great deal of time. When it is time for the family’s yearly dental checkups, we welcome the whole gang at the office of Ted R. Hume III, DDS.
Children’s dentistry is similar to adult dentistry in that it places emphasis on preventive care in the form of dental checkups and cleanings. We focus on education when it comes to seeing our child patients. Children need extra help understanding how to take care of their own smiles. Children’s dentistry places an importance on preventive dentistry. Children are highly susceptible to cavities because they have not gotten the hang of even simple things like brushing their teeth. Children also tend to enjoy sugary foods, which is why our education will include nutritional guidance as part of our children’s dentistry education. We can also provide information for parents on how to encourage healthy habits and how to look for developmental problems.
During children’s dental exams, we will also look for bite problems that might be developing. Early diagnosis allows us to recommend orthodontic intervention as early as possible for the most conservative orthodontic treatment and improved results. The sooner that we can recommend treatment for developing bite problems, the shorter and more effective treatment will be.
Prevention in children’s dentistry includes dental sealants and fluoride treatments. Dental sealants are the standard of care once children’s adult molars erupt. These clear coverings prevent cavities by coating the crevices on the tops of teeth which prevent decay from forming in hard to reach areas. Fluoride treatments strengthen tooth enamel upon the application of this special mineral. Fluoride is completely safe and is the standard of care for all patients.
Occasionally, Dr. Hume will recommend that a child see a pediatric dentist for treatment. Pediatric dentists are specialists who trained specifically in caring for children. In some cases, a pediatric dentist will be better able to diagnose and treat your child’s oral health problems. However, for basic preventive children’s dentistry, our office is a great place for the whole family!
If it’s about time for your family to come in for dental checkups, contact the office of Dr. Hume in Dallas, Texas!