As a father of four, Dr. Jon Kirlough understands how important it is to ensure that your loved ones have all the support they need to thrive during these formative years – and that includes high-quality dental care. Our team at Kirlough Family Dentistry is gentle, patient, and truly dedicated to helping children have positive care experiences from beginning to end. Ideally, we want to build the stepping stones that lead to lifelong oral health and happiness! Contact us today in Cleveland, OH to schedule a first visit, or if you have any questions.
Regular checkups and cleanings are an essential part of every child’s ongoing oral healthcare, and we’ll make sure to match our approach to your son or daughter’s current age and level of emotional maturity. For very young patients, a gentle examination of the teeth and gum tissue will help us pinpoint any early damage or decay that needs professional attention, as well as potential developmental concerns. As they grow, we will incorporate professional hygiene sessions so that “baby” and adult teeth alike can be free of cavity-causing plaque and tartar.
As children start to learn to brush and floss on their own, the back teeth (premolars and molars) become vulnerable to decay. Not only do these teeth have deep pits and grooves in their chewing surfaces that can easily trap food particles, but they’re also hard for little hands to properly reach. Dental sealants can provide a simple, but effective extra layer of safety! This tough, plastic-based substance is painted directly onto the teeth, forming a barrier that helps block out bacteria. The application process is fast, painless, and can last for several years at a time.
Fluoride is a mineral that’s found all around us – in the foods we eat, the toothpastes and mouthwashes we use at home, and even in most community water supplies. This is good news for you and your loved ones’ smiles! Countless studies have shown that children who grow up drinking fluoridated water are likely to have stronger tooth enamel and less risk of developing cavities than their not-so-lucky counterparts. During routine checkups, Dr. Kirlough may recommend professional fluoride applications as a fast and easy way to give growing teeth an extra boost of lifelong protection.