Regular care for children is extremely important for setting a great foundation for a lifetime of good oral hygiene and guaranteed grins. At Columbus Midtown Dental, we provide dental care for the entire family, including children and adolescents. With 24 years in private practice, Dr. Robert H. Carpenter is experienced in providing dental care for all family members and strives to make his youngest patients feel comfortable during their examinations and treatments.
First Dental Examination
At Columbus Midtown Dental, Dr. Carpenter likes to see children for their first dental exam around the time of their second birthday. While children do lose their "baby teeth", or primary teeth, these teeth are very important in helping children speak and chew properly and maintain the proper space for the permanent or adult teeth to come in.
Twice a year dental check ups are also important opportunities to help create a good foundation for ongoing oral hygiene and give parents the chance to ask any questions they have about their child's oral health.
Your child's first dental visit will include cleaning and polishing, fluoride treatment, a soft tissue examination, brushing and flossing instructions, a developmental examination, and nutritional counseling for maintaining good oral health.
Sealants, Fluoride, and Mouth Guards
In addition to regular examinations and cleanings, Dr. Carpenter may recommend further services to protect your child's oral health. Other services provided in our Columbus office include sealants, fluoride, and mouth guards. Preventative sealants help to protect the teeth from decay. They are made of clear plastic and are applied to pits and grooves in the teeth. Before applying sealants, the tooth is cleaned and dried. Fluoride treatments are also essential to preventing tooth decay for both children and adults and are part of a regular dental examination and cleaning.
Mouth guards, "night guards," or athletic guards, may be recommended for children that constantly grind their teeth at night, clench their jaws, or are extremely active in sports. Mouth guards can protect the teeth from excessive wear and tear and can prevent severe dental trauma for kids that are highly active or athletic.
At Columbus Midtown Dental, we provide restorative dental services for children in addition to preventative care. Children can suffer cavities, broken teeth, or malformed teeth just like adults. Our CMD dentist and staff are trained to provide restorative care to meet the specific needs of children while helping them to remain calm and comfortable.
Call 706.660.9848 to schedule an appointment for your child today.