Oral Care for the Whole Family
At Luck Dental Clinic, we provide comprehensive oral care for every member of the family. Children and adults have different oral health requirements, and we make sure everyone gets treatments that are appropriate to their needs. All patients should make an appointment to see Dr. Conder twice a year to maintain good oral health and prevent tooth decay.
Routine Preventive Care: Six-Month Visits
When it comes to your teeth, prevention is always better than cure. Routine preventive visits every six months are a great way to make sure that your family’s smiles stay healthy and strong. We don’t just check the teeth for cavities during these routine visits; we also prevent them!
At every routine check-up, we will:
- Examine the teeth for signs of demineralization and decay
- Perform a professional teeth cleaning
- Assess children’s facial growth and tooth development
- Monitor tooth alignment
- Provide preventive treatments, such as fluoride and sealants
- Discuss daily oral hygiene
- Answer your questions about oral health
- Screen adults for oral cancer
- Provide one-on-one time with family dentist Ronald Conder
Regular visits to your family dentist are a great way to make sure that problems don’t develop or escalate. By coming to the dentist twice a year, you ensure that any small issues don’t turn into bigger problems (and toothaches) that require extensive restorations. When we find soft spots on the teeth, we treat them with fluoride to ensure a cavity doesn’t develop. When we find cavities, we restore them conservatively. In the end, routine visits save you time and money because they prevent the need for complex restorative treatments.
When to Bring Your Child to the Dentist
If your child has teeth, it’s not too early to start routine dental visits! The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that children should see the dentist by around the time of their first birthday (12 months). Why so early? There are three primary reasons to bring infants to the dentist.
- Early dental visits help children get acclimated to the dental office and the processes needed for oral health checks. If you wait until a child is older, he or she may be more likely to be nervous or frightened by the experience.
- Early dental visits give parents and dentists an opportunity to connect and discuss children’s oral health and hygiene.
- Early visits help us spot any potential areas of concern that may benefit from early intervention. In addition to oral health and tooth development, we can also help monitor your child for other conditions that may affect speech, such as tongue-tie or tongue thrusting.
Forgoing dental care at a young age can increase the risk of developing cavities in baby teeth. Primary teeth are smaller than adult teeth and have thinner enamel. This means that tooth decay can spread more rapidly than in adults. If you wait for a child to tell you he or she has a toothache before visiting a dentist, you ensure that his or her first dental visit will be colored by anxiety. We want your child to know that the dentist’s office is a place where good things happen; early preventive visits help get your child started on a lifetime of anxiety-free dentistry and good oral health.
Don’t worry if your child is already older than one year. It’s always a good time to bring children in for a first visit. Call us at 715-472-2211 to make an appointment. We’ll make sure your child has a great first visit and that he or she feels safe in our office.
Do you need a family dentist in Luck, WI? Dr. Conder and his friendly staff provide comprehensive oral care for every member of the family. Call 715-472-2211 or contact us through our website to arrange a visit.