When it’s time for your little one to begin their journey to a lifetime of healthy, beautiful smiles, contact Dental Care Today of Richardson. Dr. David Nguyen and his team are dedicated to offering advanced dental care that meets the needs of patients at any age. That includes young patients with developing smiles. The first step to helping your child achieve a flawless smile that will last a lifetime is visiting us for an early checkup where we can examine your smile’s development. We’ll work with young patients to learn to love their smiles and look forward to visiting the dentist. If you’d like to schedule an appointment for your little one, please don’t hesitate to contact our team. We welcome patients from Richardson and surrounding communities including Garland and Plano, and we can also schedule appointments for the whole family on the same day for maximum convenience.
You should bring your little one in to see us after the eruption of the first tooth or before their first birthday. This first visit is quick and painless. We simply take a look at your baby’s developing dental structures and help you to care for their smiles at home. Once kids are a little older and have more teeth, they’ll experience a more traditional dental exam and teeth cleaning visit. We like to show young patients around the office and introduce them to our team and all the technologies and instruments they might see. This can help kids feel more confident during treatment. Then, we gather diagnostic images, examine your child’s smile, and carefully clean their teeth. Finally, we’ll sit down with you and your little one to discuss any areas for concern and guide you and your kids through optimal at-home care.
When it comes to keeping children smiling, regular preventive checkups every six months are an important part of dental care for patients of all ages. In addition to these care visits twice a year, we also provide treatments that are specifically catered toward developing smiles including:
Painted onto the surfaces of teeth, these invisible shields coat the tooth and seal out decay-causing bacteria and plaque that can damage the smile. It takes just a few extra minutes to apply these sealants, and once they’re in place, they can protect your child’s smile for several years.
Professional fluoride treatments can be applied during every six month dental visit to strengthen tooth enamel and prevent decay. Professional topical fluoride treatments are especially important for kids who are experiencing frequent tooth decay. Additionally, oral fluoride supplements may be recommended for young patients who do not receive adequate fluoride in their drinking water or diet.
When this third set of molars develops, we may recommend extraction to prevent dental shifting, crowding, or impaction (inability of the tooth to erupt from the gums). We are happy to offer simple tooth pulling procedures and more advanced surgical extractions.
We offer custom crafted athletic sportsguards for young patients who participate in activities where their smiles may come in contact with other players, sports equipment, or hard objects. These custom oral appliances protect smiles from impact and keep your little ones smiling. Some sports, like football, require players to wear appliances. However, many kids visit us for dental damage that occurs due to participation in a sport where oral appliances aren’t required. Basketball, volleyball, baseball, and softball are some of the sports where accidents occur most often, but sportsguards aren’t required for these young athletes. If you’re not sure that your child needs a mouthguard, don’t hesitate to ask during a dental appointment.