At Orem Pediatric Dentistry, we are committed to helping our patients enjoy strong, healthy smiles for many years to come. With the right combination of dental hygiene and services, your entire family can maintain beautiful smiles. Dr. R. Bruce Howell is pleased to be your resource for preventive care in Orem, Utah.
It really is true that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and many common dental issues are largely preventable by taking simple steps. Paramount among these is maintaining a good home care routine. Parents should help their children brush their teeth for two minutes twice a day, and floss as soon as two teeth touch. Use fluoride toothpaste and a brush with a small head and soft bristles. Children don’t tend to have the dexterity to brush effectively on their own until they can tie their own shoes, and even then, supervision may be needed.
Our pediatric dentist also provides a number of preventive dental treatments for your child. These include:
Children’s developing smiles are particularly vulnerable to decay. Typically, enamel doesn’t fully harden until the adolescent years, but by then, most children have experienced some form of tooth decay.
At Orem Pediatric Dentistry, we are passionate about preventing dental issues wherever possible. That’s why Dr. R. Bruce Howell provides dental sealants to our young patients. Dental sealants help to literally seal out plaque and bacteria, preventing tooth decay from ever happening.
Dental sealants are thin layers of plastic or acrylic applied to teeth, typically the chewing surfaces of molars and premolars. Food particles often become lodged between the bumps and ridges of these teeth, which in turn leads to the formation of plaque.
Over time, the bacteria in plaque cause cavities. Sealants act as a protective barrier between your child’s tooth enamel and the harmful acids and bacteria that lead to decay.
Receiving dental sealants is quick and painless. Our pediatric dentist will prepare any surfaces so the sealant adheres properly, then apply the sealant material with a small brush. The whole process only takes a few minutes, and there are no recovery time or side effects. If properly cared for, dental sealants can last several years.
Bring your child to see us to ensure the best possible experience at the dentist, on top of the best oral care in Utah Valley.