Dental Exams and Cleanings
Dr. Johnson recommends that children see the dentist every six months from the time their first tooth erupts until they “graduate” to a general dentist as an adult. This frequency allows us to develop a comfortable relationship with your child and effectively prevent decay and monitor the development of your child’s teeth.
Dr. Johnson believes that a well-informed family has a much better chance at reducing the risk of dental disease in their children. This is why he spends time educating kids and their parents on proper dental hygiene. Dr. Johnson will review information on nutrition and habits that also affect the health of children’s teeth, and answer any questions about proper dental care.
Dr. Johnson uses modern digital X-ray technology, which minimizes the exposure of radiation to your child. The use of X-rays allows Dr. Johnson to see areas of interproximal (between the teeth) decay, monitor dental development and tooth eruption, and assess for bone disease or other concerns that can’t be seen during an exam.
As a naturally occurring element in our environment, fluoride is helpful in producing a strong form of enamel that provides protection against cavities. It is found in fortified water, some foods and in fluoridated toothpaste, mouth rinse, and fluoride treatments. Sufficient fluoride treatment for children is important to help prevent pediatric tooth decay in developing teeth. Please ask us regarding the specific fluoride recommendations for your child.
Sealants have been in use since the early ’80s. Sealants are a means of protectively enhancing the natural anatomy of a tooth to prevent food impaction into deeper grooves. When a sealant is applied properly and kept in place, these grooves will no longer be able to trap food, improving cleansability and resistance to decay.