White Bear Smiles

White Bear Smiles

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Children's Dentistry

How can we help you?

At White Bear Smiles, we strongly believe in education, both for ourselves and for our patients. We've found that patients who take charge of their dental care and ask questions about their health, our practice, and dentistry in general tend to have better overall outcomes. 

So go ahead! Ask us your questions! We're happy to take the time to give you the information you need to make decisions about your care. 

We've collected some of our most commonly heard questions here, but if you need more information or you don't see your question, don't hesitate to give us a call. We're here to help.

Children's Dentistry

At White Bear Smiles, your dentist in 55110 treats patients of all ages, including children. We also take the time to answer your questions and provide tips to help you make the most of your child’s dental care at home.

Topics we typically address when we see young children include:

  • Bottle, cup, and pacifier use
  • Thumb or finger sucking
  • Proper brushing and flossing
  • Nutrition goals
  • Fluoride
  • Tooth development

Family Dentistry At White Bear Smiles

Our family dentistry in White Bear Lake is designed to treat your toddler as he or she ages through childhood and into adulthood. Your dentist in 55110 introduces age-appropriate services as we go along. The goal is to provide excellent dentistry that leads to healthy teeth and gums.

We have also designed our children’s dentistry in White Bear Lake to help your child feel at ease and at home in a dental setting.

Your dentist in 55110 is great with children, and our entire team works hard to make children’s dentistry in White Bear Lake fun and anxiety-free.

Call Our White Bear Lake, MN Dental Office

If you would like to schedule a dental appointment for your child, or teeth cleanings for your entire family, contact a member of our team today. We look forward to introducing you and your loved ones to family dentistry in White Bear Lake.

Protect Your Teeth Against Decay

A sealant is a liquid plastic applied to a tooth to protect it against decay. The precaution is often used on molars, the back teeth that bear the brunt of the work of chewing. The sealant is applied to the occlusal, or chewing surface, of the tooth. Pits and grooves can develop on these teeth, as they can in all teeth, and that's where cavities can begin. Generally, though, if a person has made it into his or her early 20's without cavities having developed in those pits and grooves, they're not likely to develop cavities after that point.

The Procedure for Applying Sealants

The procedure for applying a sealant is simple, safe and painless, calling for no drills or needles. The dentist dries the tooth and then etches the surface to be sealed with a mild acid that puts microscopic ridges on the tooth. The dentist then puts the liquid plastic over the area and it seeps into the etched surface. Some sealants harden by themselves in less than a minute. The sealant effectively blocks bacteria from entering the tooth.

Talk with your dentist about whether sealants are right for you or your family.

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