Dental Cleanings & Exams
Little Pearls Kids Dentistry & Orthodontics provides dental cleanings and exams to children of all ages. A dental cleaning is when your children’s dentist cleans the buildup of tartar and plaque off of your child’s teeth. They then follow this up with typically a fluoride treatment and flossing. This helps to prevent cavities, decay and gum disease from taking place. A dental exam will then take place where our dentists will check the overall health of the mouth and gums. We will also provide an oral cancer exam for our teens. We recommend visiting your pediatric dentist every six months for a check-up.
Little Pearls Kids Dentistry & Orthodontics performs fluoride treatments to help protect children’s teeth from cavities and tooth decay. Fluoride is critical during the time of primary and permanent teeth development. This is usually between the ages of six months to 18 years old. But first…
What is Fluoride?
Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral in much of our water and food. Fluoride protects the enamel of our teeth. The enamel of our teeth lose and gain minerals every day. We lose minerals due to acids attacking the tooth’s enamel, this is from sugary substances and plaque. We gain minerals such as calcium and phosphate from our food, water and saliva. When calcium and phosphate are striped it leaves the teeth more vulnerable to decay. While we are young, we tend to not have enough fluoride to protect our enamel coming from our food and water. During the infant to young adult stages we perform fluoride treatments typically every six months. This is adjusted on an individual basis. Fluoride over time makes our teeth more resistant to attacks on our enamel and can even reverse early tooth decay.
Your Child’s Fluoride Treatment Visit
Our pediatric dentists will let you know when and how often your child will need fluoride treatments. Fluoride can be applied as a varnish, foam or gel and comes in a variety of flavors to help make it fun for your child. Treatment is very quick. After fluoride treatment we ask no eating or drinking for a minimum of 30 minutes. This ensures the teeth are able to absorb the fluoride.
*The ADA recognizes the use of fluoride as safe and effective in preventing tooth decay for both children and adults.