Pediatric Dentistry in Westfield, IN
Baby teeth are important teeth, forming a foundation for good oral health and smile aesthetics that last a life time. Pediatric Dentist Dr. Katie Krause loves serving her youngest patients through innovative and gentle pediatric dentistry at Krause Dental in Westifled, IN. She carefully evaluates and treats teeth, gums and even developing bone structure for best functioning and best looking young smiles.
Pediatric Dentistry Begins Early
Dr. Katie Krause and her dedicated team like to see children when that first little tooth erupts, or by their first birthday at the latest. This first dental appointment is a fun, get acquainted visit so the child and parent get used to the sights and sounds of pediatric dentistry. At age 3, Dr. Krause performs a comprehensive oral exam, checking for decay, gum disease and tooth and jaw development. She advises 6-month cleanings and visits for all children and adults to detect any oral health problems before they become costly and complicated.
The Particulars of Pediatric Dentistry
Parental involvement in kids' oral health helps prevent tooth decay, the number one chronic health problem in American children. The staff at Krause Dental teaches kids and parents that mom and dad must brush toddlers' teeth for them and supervise kids at least up to the age of 8. Twice daily brushing with a soft-bristled brush and a small amount of fluoride toothpaste is the rule, and parents must realize that young children do not have the dexterity to brush and floss by themselves.
Dr. Krause also stresses nutritious, low-sugar diets and drinking plenty of water to wash tooth surfaces and promote production of saliva. Saliva keeps teeth and gums clean, which is an important effect in between meals and during the night.
Additionally, our pediatric dentist often recommends fluoride treatments and plastic sealants for young teeth. Particularly molars that have intricately-grooved chewing surfaces. These simple "painted-on" dental materials quickly and comfortably provide protection against decay. For adults, fluoride treatment generally reduces dental sensitivity.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry advises that any decay found in children's teeth be treated. The health and development of baby teeth impacts how their adult teeth look, function, and erupt into the mouth. Furthermore, it's wise for children to receive a complete orthodontic evaluation by age 7. Early orthodontic treatment wards off problems from crooked teeth later on in life such as decay, gum disease, and self-image issues. Early intervention takes advantage of the developing jaw, making treatment easier and less complex than older teen or adult treatment.
Contact Krause Dental Today
Don't delay. Establish a routine of good dental care for your children. Call Dr. Katie Krause and her team today at (317) 399-9329 for any questions or concerns you may have, and to set-up a new patient appointment for your child.