Children often have unique dental health needs compared to adults, so it’s important to find a dentist who is skilled and experienced in seeing and treating children to ensure the best outcomes.
At Northern Montana Oral Surgery, our dentists have special training in pediatric dentistry and can provide gentle, compassionate care to the youngest members of your family.
Dental Sealants & Fluoride Treatment
Sealants are thin invisible layers of protection applied to the biting surfaces of teeth to prevent decay from forming in the pits and grooves of the back teeth where food particles can get trapped and cause damage.
Fluoride is a substance that helps strengthen the enamel on baby and adult teeth, making them more resistant to tooth decay. The sooner children get these treatments, the better it is for their developing smiles. Putting off regular dental care when you have a little one can lead to problems down the line, including cavities, gum disease, and even tooth loss.
The most common reason a child sees an orthodontic specialist is for early treatment of developing problems. A pediatric dentist has special training when it comes to the development of teeth and jaws and can identify potential problems before they become serious.
Early treatment may include creating space in the jaw for teeth to come in properly or correcting harmful oral habits such as thumb sucking and tongue thrusting. These treatments work best when performed while the jaw is still growing, which is why patients should begin seeing the dentist as early as age seven unless there are extenuating circumstances.
Endodontists are dentists who specialize in diagnosing and treating root canal problems. They receive extensive training to provide care relating to the inside of the tooth and the area below the gum line called the root. Their advanced training focuses on issues that occur in the pulp chamber of a tooth, such as infection or injury that leads to inflammation.
When an infection occurs, many patients experience varying levels of pain in the affected area, the gums, and the surrounding area, which is why it’s important to seek immediate treatment from an endodontist. Without proper treatment, the infection can spread and cause more damage to the tooth.
First Dental Visit
Pediatric dentists can treat children as young as one year old. By taking your child to a dentist at a young age, you will be able to prevent serious oral health problems from developing or worsening during childhood and adolescence. In addition, pediatric dentists have specialized training working with children, making them an ideal choice for treating your child’s teeth.
Dentists usually recommend bringing a child in for an initial appointment as soon as his or her first tooth comes in. This initial visit will consist of an overall examination of your child’s mouth, gums, and teeth. The dentist may clean the child’s teeth and may also take X-rays of the mouth to check for cavities and other signs of tooth decay. A child’s first dental visit is important because it will help the dentist identify potential problem areas or potential problems before they become serious.
To find out more about the dental services we offer at our dental practice, Call this number (406) 727-4322 or request an appointment from our website to get a consultation. You can also visit us at 2511 Bobcat Way, Great Falls, MT 59405, or 515 14th Street West, Havre, MT 59501.