At Sycamore Smiles, Dr. Gerlach provides comprehensive pediatric preventive kids dentistry in our Fort Worth, TX office. We are here to keep your child’s smile healthy, confident and bright. Our pediatric dental team is trained to help your child understand the importance of preventive dental care so they maintain effective oral hygiene habits for life.
We agree with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD) and recommend your child receive a preventive dental checkup every six months to keep their smile healthy.
We also encourage you and your child to ask questions and are always available to address any concerns you might have. We believe in providing empathetic oral health education and always use simple explanations to answer your child’s questions.
If your child is anxious about visiting the dentist, ask us about our safe sedation dentistry options that are designed to make their appointment more relaxing.
What To Expect During Your Child’s Preventive Dentist Appointment
During your child’s regular teeth-cleaning appointment, our pediatric dental team will thoroughly examine their teeth and gums for any signs of gum disease or tooth decay. If we see anything concerning, we will fully inform and discuss the recommended treatment options with you.
These regular preventive dentistry appointments also allow Dr. Gerlach to closely monitor any new changes in your child’s mouth. We work to ensure you have the information you need to help keep your child's teeth and gums healthy.
After our pediatric dentist examines your child’s teeth and gums, we will thoroughly clean their teeth and treat them with a simple brush-on mineral application designed to strengthen their smile. We’ll also check that you and your child have everything you need to take care of their teeth at home.
Teeth-Strengthening Mineral Application
Dental teeth-strengthening mineral treatments are safe and effective in decreasing the amount of cavities in children. Dr. Gerlach often recommends this simple preventive treatment along with dental sealants to help protect your child’s teeth. This teeth-strengthening mineral is quickly painted onto your child’s teeth and acts as a shield for the tooth’s outer enamel, protecting their smile from tooth decay.
Protective Pediatric Dental Sealants
Protective dental sealants are thin coats of plastic Dr. Gerlach can apply to your child’s rear molars to protect deep grooves and depressions from catching harmful bacteria and food particles. Studies show that 88% of cavities in American school-aged children are caused by food and bacteria being caught in their rear molars.
At Sycamore Smiles, we typically recommend applying a protective sealant to your child’s back teeth, premolars and molars. The sealant will last for several years and we will continue to ensure it stays intact during your child’s regular pediatric preventive dentistry appointments.
Help Your Child Prevent Cavities
Most often, cavities in children are caused by high-sugar diets and improper toothbrushing habits.
Limiting their sugar intake and brushing their teeth regularly can help your child avoid painful dental decay. If your child is just learning how to brush their teeth, be sure to give them the help they need to thoroughly brush every tooth twice a day.
Cavity Prevention Tips
- Limit the frequency of sugary snacks
- Encourage brushing, flossing, and rinsing
- Avoid sticky foods
- Encourage your child to choose low-sugar, nutritious snacks
Have Questions About Our Preventive Kids Dentistry Services?
Is your child due for a preventive dental checkup? Call Sycamore Smiles to schedule their appointment with Dr. Gerlach and our pediatric dental team today!
Remember, we accept Medicaid - including Medicaid plans that cover foster children. If you have questions about the best way to schedule dentist appointments for the children under your care, call our office today and we'll be happy to help.