Children’s Dentistry – State College, PA
Protecting the Smiles of Your Youngest Loved Ones
Oral health is essential at every age, but it may be even more crucial for your youngest family members whose smiles are still developing. Dr. Labosky always takes the time to give your child the attention they deserve. He’s kind, patient, and ready to answer any questions you or your child might have about their current oral health. By calling our dental office and scheduling a visit for them every six months, you do big favors for their long-term smile and reduce their risk of having to deal with major dental issues later in life. Keep reading to learn more about children's dentistry in State College, PA.
Why Choose Kevin P. Labosky, DMD for Children’s Dentistry?
- Highly Experienced Dentist and Team
- Warm, Friendly, and Welcoming Dental Office Atmosphere
- We Treat Our Patients Like Our Own Loved Ones
Dental Checkups & Teeth Cleanings for Kids
Routine checkups and cleanings are the most important services to get your child used to as they get older. Not only will they give us a chance to examine their smile for tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease, but we can also perform a detailed cleaning to remove harmful plaque and tartar, the latter of which can only be removed by a trained hygienist. Since they are only just beginning their at-home oral care, regular checkups are vital to their oral development.
Plaque and tartar buildup on the surfaces of teeth weaken the enamel and lead to decay over time, but dental sealants coat the surfaces of teeth protecting them from decay-causing plaque and tartar. This treatment can be applied to teeth during any dental checkup, and the process is fast and completely painless. We simply paint the liquid sealant material onto the surfaces of teeth. Then, we use a curing light to harden the sealant into position. With proper care, sealants remain in place for up to 10 years.
Often associated with oral care products, fluoride is an essential mineral proven to be effective at fighting off cavity-causing oral bacteria. While it can be found in public drinking water and certain foods, it’s also used in the materials we use to clean and polish your child’s teeth. With a dedicated fluoride treatment at our dental office, we can give your loved ones’ smiles additional protection in between six month visits, reducing the risk of them developing cavities later.
Dental fillings of the past generally utilize metal materials to restore teeth. While many people would like to avoid the unsightly nature of metal fillings, others would prefer to keep metal out of their mouths if they have the option to do so. Our dental office’s tooth-colored fillings are designed to restore teeth damaged by cavities, prevent future harm, and maintain their natural appearance. Placing them only takes a single appointment in most cases and they can last for at least 10 years with at-home oral hygiene.
Protecting smiles is always essential for our patients, but it’s especially important when teeth are at greater risk. Participating in sporting events is one of the highest risk activities, and athletic injuries are the leading cause of tooth loss in patients under 25. That’s why our team encourages patients to protect their smile while practicing or playing any sport where their smile can come into contact with other players, hard surfaces, or sports equipment. Our custom mouthguards provide superior comfort and protection compared with those guards available from local sporting goods stores.