Creating Healthy Smiles for Kids

It’s vital to instill healthy habits in your children from an early age, and dental habits are no exception. Starting their teeth cleanings in adolescence can make the habit of going to the dentist last a lifetime. Encourage your child to listen to the dental team during their visit, and be sure to make sure they understand that visiting a dentist twice a year is vital to keeping their teeth bright and healthy. At home, always stress to them to brush and floss twice a day.

The best way to maintain your child’s oral health is to start their dental care early and often. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child’s first visit to the dentist be when you see their first teeth emerging or by their first birthday. Early check-ups can catch signs of tooth decay before it gets out of control.

Bringing your child to visit us twice a year will help prevent the onset of tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues. During each visit, we’ll clean your child’s teeth to remove plaque and tartar buildup. We’ll also check for early signs of issues with the teeth and gums.

The best way to ensure your child keeps up with their oral health is to stress to them that their care is a partnership between them and their hygienist. Tooth decay is becoming a chronic common illness for adolescents and teens, and we can teach your child how to properly avoid it. We’ll talk to them about hygiene habits like brushing and flossing, and healthy food choices such as avoiding sugars and hard foods.

Fluoride is a key component of treating your child’s teeth. It’s a mineral that strengthens tooth enamel and makes teeth more resistant to decay. We offer in-office fluoride treatments and can recommend toothpaste and mouth rinses that contain fluoride so you can continue its use at home.

Another way to help your child prevent tooth decay is to have their teeth treated with sealants. Sealants are applied to the chewing surfaces of molars to protect them from damage and decay.

It’s easy for your child to experience a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums with your help. Contact Silver Lake Dentistry today to schedule a dental exam and cleaning for your child to set them on the path to the best possible oral health.


Children with special needs require a unique approach to dental care. Dr. Josh Whitford knows about the unique needs of special needs children and how they require flexibility in their treatments. Some may be taking medications that can interact with anesthesia, others have dietary restrictions. Other times, they may be unable to sit still for an exam or have difficulty forming habits. Special needs children often have higher risks of developing tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral traumas.

Dr. Josh Whitford and their team are here for your child. We have years of experience dealing with all kinds of patients to meet your child’s unique needs. We specialize in gentle, compassionate care, and can assure you that your child’s care is in good hands.

For more information about how we care for children with special needs, contact our Raymore office today.