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Pediatric Dentistry

Available in Morrisville and Greensboro

Starting a child early with regular dental exams and care can mean a lifetime of better oral health. From the time of a child’s first tooth, the pediatric dentist can help start patterns of eating and hygiene that can protect against early tooth decay, as well as tooth alignment and gum problems in adulthood.

In addition to regular cleanings, a pediatric dentist can apply sealants to protect young teeth from decay. The dentist can also help select mouth guards to prevent sports injuries, and provide timely diagnosis and treatment of orthodontic problems. Dental Care of North Carolina welcomes children of all ages and will make their visit more fun!

Fluoride Treatments

Research indicates fluoride can help prevent cavities in children and adults in at least two ways:

  • Making the tooth enamel stronger against acids in the mouth formed by bacteria and sugar
  • Helping to reduce the amount of bacteria on the tooth surface

Water fluoridation is a common practice in U.S. public water systems. However, bottled water, home treatment systems, and private well water may not be fluoridated. The lack of fluoride for infants and children during the crucial formative years may contribute to tooth decay.

“Topical” applications such as toothpaste and mouth rinses can supply that fluoride. If you’re concerned about getting enough fluoride to protect your teeth, Dental Care of North Carolina offers fluoride treatments in the office to make sure all teeth receive the benefits of fluoride.

Sealants

Food and bacteria can become packed in the grooves of the back molars, and even the most careful brushing and flossing cannot fully clean these areas. Dental sealants are clear plastic coverings that protect the chewing surfaces from tooth decay by providing a barrier to food and bacteria. The application is simple and painless:

  • The sealant is painted onto the tooth, filling depressions and grooves.
  • Hardening takes place in just a matter of seconds.
  • Most applications last several years with normal chewing and biting.
  • Sealants can be reapplied as necessary.

Children should get sealants on their permanent molars as soon as the teeth come in — before decay attacks the teeth. Teenagers and young adults who are prone to decay may also need sealants. Sealants are a cost-effective prevention option, and when used along with regular dental check-ups and cleanings, provide the most effective defense for tooth decay. Dental Care of North Carolina can apply them during a regular check-up.