Preventive care offers parents the chance to give their kids the very best start on a path toward a lifetime of optimal dental health. These services are available from Keith Coe, DDS, of Stagecoach Children's Dental Center in Magnolia, Texas, an experienced pediatric dental specialist with a passion for working with kids and teens. Book a visit today using the online tool, or call during normal business hours.
As with all health conditions, the old adage applies — “An ounce of prevention truly is worth a pound of cure.” Avoiding dental health issues before they arise eliminates the need for restorative treatments, as well as the expense and stress that often accompany restorative care.
Many dental conditions are uncomfortable, and some are outright painful. Preventive care strives to preserve healthy tooth and gum tissue and avoid discomfort.
Early preventive care also helps kids build a strong personal dental hygiene routine. These skills can last a lifetime and extend the benefits of preventive care into adulthood.
Dental exams and professional dental cleanings are the foundation of preventive dentistry. These routine visits provide an opportunity for Dr. Coe to examine your child’s teeth and gums for signs of decay or disease.
The process includes a brief and painless examination. Periodically, X-rays are performed to learn more about the internal tooth and bone structures.
A professional dental cleaning removes accumulations of plaque, tartar, and food particles. Practitioners also help kids “brush up” on their brushing and flossing techniques.
While oral cancer is rare in children, dental exams also look for abnormal changes in your child’s soft oral tissues. Early detection allows early intervention, which can greatly improve the chances of a successful outcome.
Most kids benefit from coming in for routine dental exams every six months. This timing increases the chances of catching signs of concern in the earliest possible stages.
Parents should bring their babies in for their first dental exam as soon as that first tiny tooth begins to emerge, and no later than their first birthday. These early visits focus on teaching parents how to care for their baby’s gum tissue and new teeth.
As kids grow older, the focus shifts to empowering them to begin taking care of their teeth on their own. The goal is to make pediatric dentistry visits enjoyable and rewarding and to help kids develop positive attitudes about routine dental care.
Book a visit today by calling to check appointment availability, or use the online scheduling page to find a time that fits your schedule.