For the most part, the habits we teach our children remain with them throughout their lives to varying degrees. One of the most important habits we can teach them as young ones is the proper way to care for their teeth. Erlanger dentist Dr. Henry understands that children learn more effectively when they’re having fun. The doctor and our staff go out of our way to treat children with gentle compassion and make their dental appointments fun.

Give Them Tools for Good Oral Hygiene

The best way to protect your child’s oral health is to teach him or her how to properly care for their mouths. By learning at an early age to brush their teeth twice a day and floss at least once, children become empowered for a lifetime of excellent oral health. Convincing them that it’s a good idea to visit the dentist every six months can be a little more challenging for some children. Luckily, Dr. Henry’s nurturing manner and love of children makes most of our younger patients look forward to their dental visits.  

Checkups and Cleanings for Children

Routine dental checkups and cleanings are important at any age. Aside from polishing your teeth, our exceptional hygienist helps prevent the development of gum disease by carefully removing plaque buildup and tartar. During your children’s visit, we also enjoy teaching them proper brushing and flossing techniques to optimize their oral health care at home. Adhering to a six-month schedule, or more often if Dr. Henry advises it, will allow us to spot signs of infection or other oral health issues and implement treatment early. Chances for successful treatment are increased the earlier an issue is detected.

Additional Protection

If your child is prone to developing tooth decay, or if you simply want to maximize your child’s oral health defense, Dr. Henry offers a fluoride treatment for additional protection against tooth decay. The treatment consists of a fluoride varnish that is applied to the surface of the teeth. To help protect vulnerable molars at the back of your child’s mouth, Dr. Henry may suggest dental sealants, which are thin plastic coatings that protect the chewing surfaces of teeth.

To learn more about ensuring your child’s exceptional oral health, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Henry, call our Erlanger, Kentucky dentist’s office at (859) 344-8500.