An estimated 28% of children ages two to five develop at least one cavity. Unfortunately, this negative trend can continue through their teens and young adulthood when they don’t receive routine dental care. Bosede Adeniji, DDS, and the team at Kids Dental Center work closely with parents and children in and around Greenbelt, Maryland, to provide preventive dental care and advice that motivates ongoing proper oral hygiene. To schedule an appointment for your child, call the office in Greenbelt, Maryland, or book an appointment online.
Parents should schedule their infant’s first dental visit around the age of one or approximately six months after their first tooth erupts. This appointment introduces them to Dr. Adeniji and the team at Kids Dental Center.
Dr. Adeniji visually examines your infant’s teeth and mouth to be sure they’re no signs of problems. A full-scale dental exam can wait until their baby teeth come in.
During your child’s first visit, you have time to ask questions about your infant’s oral care. The team at Kids Dental Center provides information about all aspects of infant dental care, from teething and thumb-sucking to preventing cavities.
Most children have a full set of 20 baby teeth by the time they’re three years old. If they haven’t visited the dentist, you should schedule a thorough dental examination.
It’s important to keep baby teeth healthy. Children don’t just need their teeth to chew food. Baby teeth are essential for proper speech development, and they ensure there’s a space that lets permanent teeth grow in.
Dr. Adeniji performs orthodontics evaluations when children’s first permanent teeth come in — around the age of six or seven. At this age, she can detect problems with jaw growth or if your child has, or is likely to develop, misaligned teeth. Early treatment of orthodontic problems may prevent the need for braces.
Your child may need fluoride treatment if your water is not fluoridated. The treatment is quick and simple: Dr. Adeniji spreads a thin layer of fluoride varnish on your child’s teeth to help strengthen the enamel. Fluoride treatments may even reverse cavities that have just started to form.
Dental sealants prevent tooth decay in molars by creating a thin, protective coating that keeps bacteria away from the enamel. Dr. Adeniji applies a liquid sealant that spreads into the deep grooves found in molars; then, it quickly hardens to create a barrier. Sealants should be applied as soon as molars grow in.
Whether your child or teen needs a routine checkup or emergency dental care for a toothache or tooth trauma, call Kids Dental Center or book an appointment online.