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Pediatric Dentist Oak Ridge

We provide excellent preventive care, including exams, cleanings, and digital X-rays. Early detection of dental problems is essential to achieving optimal oral health. The American Dental Association recommends that you follow a schedule of twice-yearly cleanings and exams.

DID YOU KNOW…

Tooth decay is the second most common health issue after the common cold. Keep your child’s teeth and gums healthy with regular brushing, flossing and routine dental appointments.

What to Expect at Your Appointment

Pediatric Dentist Oak Ridge

Dental Cleanings and Exams

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that your child is seen within 6 months of their first tooth or by age 1. It is also recommended to visit the dentist at least twice per year. Regular exams and professional cleanings can help to ensure optimal oral health. At Confident Kids Pediatric Dentistry, our team consistently provides high-quality pediatric dental cleanings and thorough preventive exams. 

Professional cleanings rid the teeth of harmful plaque and tartar build-up. This is important for preventing tooth decay, periodontal disease, and other oral health issues. Additionally, a professional cleaning by our hygienist may remove some surface stains. This can help keep your child’s teeth looking whiter and brighter.

Dental Hygiene Education

Professional dental cleanings are important for maintaining great oral health. However, your child must maintain good dental hygiene at home as well. 

Dr. Timari Schweizer recommends brushing at least twice per day and flossing daily. You should brush and floss your child’s teeth until they are old enough to do this unassisted. This helps prevent tooth decay, periodontal disease, and other oral health issues.

Oral Cancer Screening

At Confident Kids Pediatric Dentistry, we offer vital oral cancer screenings as part of our pediatric dental care. Despite being rare in children, early detection is crucial for effective treatment and outcomes. Our gentle screenings ensure your child’s oral health is always a top priority. 

During routine dental visits, our pediatric dentist carefully examines your child’s mouth for any signs of oral cancer or precancerous conditions. This includes a thorough inspection of the lips, gums, tongue, cheeks, and throat, using specialized tools and techniques.

Athletic Mouthguards

When your child is preparing for sports practice or a game, you wouldn’t dream of going without their uniform. If your child is playing a contact sport like football or hockey, they should always have a helmet and pads on before going near the field or rink. However, if you aren’t using a sports mouth guard for your child’s practices and matches, you are missing a vital piece of protective gear.

Each year, an estimated 13-39% of all dental injuries occur while playing sports. Since mouth guards were made a mandatory part of American football, about 200,000 injuries to the mouth and teeth have been prevented annually.

Fluoride Treatment

At Confident Kids Pediatric Dentistry, we offer fluoride treatment to prevent tooth decay for our patients. According to the ADA, fluoride intake is often recommended for infants and children between the ages of 6 months and 16 years. During this time, primary and permanent teeth are developing.
Fluoride is applied to the teeth in a varnish form using a brush. Fluoride helps by making the tooth more resistant to the build-up of decay-causing plaque and sugars. It can also speed re-mineralization as well as disrupt acid erosion in teeth.

Sealants

Sealants are highly effective in preventing tooth decay and cavities on your child’s molars and premolars. These areas are the most susceptible to cavities due to the anatomized grooves. 

Typically, children get sealants on their permanent molars and premolars as soon as these teeth come in. These sealants can protect the teeth through the cavity-prone years of ages 6 to 14.

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DID YOU KNOW…

Regular flossing allows you to clean an additional 40% of your tooth surface.