Children's Dental

Making sure their teeth grow big and strong.

When it comes to ensuring the oral health of your child, it’s never too early to start.

In fact, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that you take your child in for a first dental appointment before the age of 1, or sometime within a six-month period after the child’s first baby tooth erupts. From that early age on through adolescence, preventive children’s dentistry is extremely important to ensure the oral health of your children. Dr. Whitehouse is pleased to offer the following children’s services to her patient families from throughout the Austin, TX area.

Dr. Whitehouse is pleased to offer the following children’s services:

Crowns

In most situations, a filling is the best choice to repair a decayed tooth. But in some situations, when the tooth is badly decayed or can’t hold a filling for some reason, Dr. Whitehouse may recommend that your child have a crown applied to the tooth. A crown covers the entire surface of the tooth. They are extremely durable and typically last for many years.

Athletic Mouthguards

If your child is active in sports, if he or she enjoys rough-and-tumble play activities, it’s a good idea to consider providing him or her with an athletic mouthguard to protect your child’s teeth. There are many varieties available, and Dr. Whitehouse can discuss with you which type would be best for your child.

Sealants

If your child is particularly cavity-prone, you might want to consider having a sealant applied to your child’s teeth. A sealant consists of an extremely thin layer of plastic that creates a smooth surface on the teeth, making them easier to clean and less prone to developing decay. Sealants typically last for several years and are usually recommended for permanent teeth.

Fillings

It’s simply a fact of life – virtually all children get cavities. And when it happens, getting the cavity filled in a timely manner is essential to maintaining the good oral health of your child. We understand how to make the process of getting a filling as comfortable as possible for your child.

Fluoride Treatment

One of the most effective means of preventing tooth decay in children is fluoride. This mineral is usually found in foods and most city water supplies. But because levels of the mineral vary greatly, you should ask Dr. Whitehouse whether your child might benefit from fluoride treatments.

Why It’s Important to Schedule Regular Exams & Cleanings

It’s impossible to remove all the plaque and tartar that build up on teeth by just brushing and flossing at home. All of that built-up material that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. To remove that buildup, you’ll need the help of a professional dental hygienist.

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