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Brushing and flossing your child’s teeth certainly helps reduce their chances of suffering from cavities and periodontal health issues. Their routine dental checkup also plays an essential role in helping them maintain a healthy mouth as their smile develops.

Their bi-annual appointment includes a professional dental cleaning and polishing treatment to clear away bacterial deposits and remove minor dental stains. It also includes our dentist performing a thorough oral examination to detect any early signs of tooth decay, gum disease and oral cancer.

Some children have deep pits and fissures in the tooth enamel along the biting surfaces of the molars and premolars. These areas can sometimes trap concentrated bacterial deposits which can lead to severe tooth decay problems.

If Dr. Lisa Richards or Dr. Andrea Miller notice a problem like this, they might recommend applying dental sealants, They are made from a special type of dental resin that our dentist carefully applies to the biting surface to create a durable barrier that preventing the bacteria in your child’s mouth from direct access to the otherwise healthy tooth enamel.

After they have been hardened by a special ultraviolet light, the dental sealants can last for up to ten years. Their inherent durability means that they will not easily wear away when your child chews food or brushes their teeth.

If you live in the Mentor, Ohio, area and are concerned about the health of your child’s oral health we invite you to call (440)266-1740 to schedule a dental checkup at Children's Dental Specialists of Lake County. Our caring pediatric team looks forward to treating your child with the care they deserve!