The American Association of Pediatric Dentistry recommends at the first sign of teething or when they turn one years old. Whichever happens first. By starting them early, Dr. Blakeslee will be able to perform an introductory exam, answer any questions you may have, and set your child up for lifelong dental success.
If your child already has most of their baby teeth, the University Ave Dental team may even try an introductory cleaning. We may even recommend and introduce x-rays, if necessary.
Your child should see Dr. Blakeslee and team every six months. Visiting the dentist often protects your childs oral health and helps catch problems early on. Also, these appointments let you as a parent ask questions, learn about healthy habits and receive sound advice to establish sound oral care for a lifetime.
Fluoride has the unique ability to strengthen and remineralize enamel, which can reverse the effects of minor tooth decay and prevent a cavity from developing. Added to drinking water in 1945, it has been deemed one of the 10 greatest public health achievements in the last century by its prevention of tooth decay.
At University Ave Dental, we apply a thin varnish of fluoride paste to your child’s teeth and is left in place for a few minutes. Special instructions may be given to eat softer foods for the day and avoid brushing until the following day. Allowing the varnish to fully penetrate and give its full protective properties.
Sealants consist of a liquid resin, after being applied to your child’s rear-most molars, it is then hardened using a UV light. This hard plastic-like layer prevents bacteria, acid, and food from getting stuck in these enamel grooves directly. This prevents the formation of cavities. The procedure is fast and can be performed after a routine cleaning. Dental sealants last up to 10 years. Considered a great investment if your child is cavity-prone and you would like to prevent the need for fillings.
Yes! If your child is nervous or anxious about a procedure like a filling, we offer laughing gas. Laughing gas can help keep your child comfortable, and ensure they feel safe throughout their entire appointment. Inquire about laughing gas when you see Dr. Blakeslee in Blaine.