As a pediatric dentist, Dr. Louca considers prevention one of the most important things we do. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends all children establish a dental home within 6 months of eruption of the first tooth and no later than 12-months of age. Assessing a child's risk for developing decay is the first step to a healthy mouth. We help educate parents and children to avoid cavities and other issues, so they can have positive feelings about their teeth and their visits to the dentist. As your child’s dental healthcare provider, our team will coach you and your children on healthy hygiene habits and recommend the latest preventive measures, such as fluoride varnish and dental sealants.
A Healthy Diet for Happy Teeth
Sugar-filled snacks and beverages can quickly lead to tooth decay. If we notice early warning signs, such as softened spots on teeth, we may recommend some tips for a tooth-friendly diet. Drinking water instead of soda and choosing healthy snacks like fruits, vegetables, nuts, cheese, plain yogurt, and boiled eggs can have a significant impact on your child’s oral health.
Brushing & Flossing Techniques
A dinosaur ate your toothbrush? You brushed your teeth yesterday? Children will use any excuse in the book to avoid brushing their teeth. At Coppell Dentistry for Kids, Dr. Louca and our friendly team will demonstrate proper methods of brushing and flossing. We try and make the process fun and educational, so children understand the importance of oral hygiene and look forward to the process.
Early Childhood Caries
Early childhood caries was formerly termed “Baby bottle tooth decay” and is something to be aware of as your infant grows. Your child’s teeth are susceptible to decay the moment they emerge – which is usually around six months. Infants and toddlers who sleep with bottles of milk, fruit juice, or other sugary beverages may be at an increased risk of tooth decay. To prevent baby bottle tooth decay, use only water-filled bottles at nap and bedtime, and visit us regularly so we can watch for early warning signs. Infants should be weaned from the bottle between 12 and 18 months of age.
Cavity-Free Dental Visits!
Nobody likes hearing he has a cavity, and children are no exception. At Coppell Dentistry for Kids, we strive to prevent cavities using proactive treatments and one-on-one coaching. Dr. Louca and our team will help you and your child understand his or her unique risk factors and show you simple methods for preventing cavities in the future.
We look forward to helping you and your child experience cavity-free dental visits.