Good oral health begins at a young age, and finding a dentist that you trust plays an important role in making sure your child develops the dental habits he or she will follow for the rest of their life. Dr. Mia Fitzgerald prides herself on being a family friendly dentist, treating children of all ages. Dr. Fitzgerald and our team of warm and friendly dental professionals approach children’s dentistry in a gentle and compassionate manner. Your child’s visit with us will be thorough and comfortable. Treatment, whether it be preventative or restorative in nature, will be personalized to your child, and our staff will be attentive to his or her unique needs.
Routine Dental Exams and Cleanings
According to the American Dental Association, a child’s first dental appointment should be scheduled once their first tooth appears, but no later than their first birthday. Thereafter, your child should visit the dentist for routine checkups every six months. Your child’s routine checkup with us will involve a thorough evaluation of their teeth and gums, and a gentle cleaning. Dental X-rays may be taken to identify dental issues that are hard to identify with a visual exam.
Fluoride treatments are an important preventative treatment we offer to strengthen teeth and minimize the risk of cavities.
Dental sealants are small plastic coatings that are placed on the grooves of the teeth’s chewing surfaces to prevent the formation of cavities. For children, Dr. Fitzgerald usually recommends placing dental sealants on the permanent molars, which can be difficult to brush and floss properly.
If your child does develop a cavity, Dr. Fitzgerald can place a filling over the affected tooth. She is pleased to offer tooth-colored fillings, a modern alternative to traditional amalgam (metal) fillings. With tooth-colored fillings, your child will be able to enjoy stronger, healthier teeth without feeling self-conscious about their smile.
Closing Spaces between Teeth
Gaps and spaces in between teeth can not only make your child self-conscious but also increase his or her risk of dental problems, including decay and misalignment issues. Dr. Fitzgerald can close noticeable spaces using several different methods. She will work with you to find the least invasive method of fixing unwanted gaps.
Custom Fitted Sports Guards
Wearing a sports guard during contact sports protects your child’s teeth, mouth and jaw from potentially serious damage and injuries. Although over-the-counter mouth guards are available, Dr. Fitzgerald recommends that your child get fitted for a custom-made mouth guard. Custom-made mouth guards are created with your child’s unique specifications in mind for a snug and secure fit. A custom-made mouth guard is comfortable to wear, so your child is more likely to wear it regularly.
Dr. Fitzgerald looks forward to being your partner in your child’s oral health. To schedule an appointment please call or email our Sudbury office today.