Dr. Jamie Richard at Dentistry at Golden Ridge enjoys working with children and providing crucial oral health services to maintain healthy and attractive smiles. By instructing children in good oral hygiene habits, our Golden, Colorado, dentist can guarantee long-term dental well-being for your family. Investing in your children’s dental care can bring about lasting advantages.
Children’s dentistry starts in infancy when children are between six months to one year of age. Through an infant oral exam, Dr. Richard can assess the health of your baby’s teeth and gums to detect problems caused by thumb sucking, bottle drinking, pacifier use, or other practices at this young age.
As your child enters the toddler and preschool age, we’ll look for signs of tooth decay and gingivitis (early gum disease) that can destroy their baby teeth. Issues with your child’s baby teeth can impact the health of their permanent teeth later down the line. For this reason, it’s crucial to identify and treat dental problems early.
A dentist can help your children develop stronger teeth and gums, leading to a lifetime of beautiful smiles. In addition, regular dental checkups can prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues.
Our office focuses on preventative dental care by teaching children good oral hygiene habits early. This includes proper techniques of brushing, flossing, and rinsing their teeth. Good oral hygiene prevents cavities, oral infections, and gum disease.
Your child’s diet will also have an impact on their oral health. Dr. Richard can provide valuable input on healthy foods that you can incorporate into your child’s diet to support good oral health.
Dental issues like decay and gingivitis are often difficult for parents to spot in their early stages. You may be unaware of these issues unless your child complains of painful symptoms. Dr. Richard can detect dental problems early during routine checkups, allowing prompt treatment. Early treatment keeps minor problems from escalating into major issues that can cause permanent damage to your child’s teeth.
At Dentistry at Golden Ridge, we offer an array of preventative treatments that promote healthier teeth in your child’s formative years. Fluoride treatments and dental sealants, for example, help prevent cavities that can destroy your child’s baby teeth and weaken permanent teeth before they come in. If we detect problems with overcrowding or tooth misalignments, we can recommend treatments to prevent complications in the future.