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At Westpark Pediatric Dentistry in Richmond, Texas, we believe that preventative dental care is critical for children. Most parents prefer to prevent oral health problems from emerging in the first place instead of waiting for them to develop and treating them afterward. 

What Is Preventative Dental Care?

Conceptually, preventative dental care is easy to understand: it’s just doing things that prevent your child’s oral health from declining in the future. 

But what does it actually involve? 

Preventative dental care includes regular checkups and routine X-rays. These are critical because they let us detect emerging oral health issues in your child. Sometimes, early intervention can prevent problems from developing into full-blown diseases. Where teeth are crooked, preventative dentistry involves finding ways to straighten them. 

Preventative dental care can also include making changes to your child’s lifestyle. For instance, you can improve your child’s oral health by reducing their sugar intake and cutting down on highly acidic foods in their diet. In practice, preventative dentistry involves ensuring that your child is brushing and flossing correctly and applying sealants to their teeth to stop decay. We can advise your child on proper oral hygiene habits and how you can change their lifestyle to protect their teeth in the long-term. 


Benefits Of Preventative Dental Care

Here are some of the benefits children can expect from our preventative dentistry services in Richmond, Texas: 


  • Lower risk of developing tooth complaints and tooth decay. With proper brushing and flossing, bacteria never get the chance to damage your child’s enamel and get into the roots of their teeth, helping to prevent fillings. 
  • Get a full mouth exam mouth. Preventative dentistry allows our dentists to check all aspects of your child’s oral health to check for any emerging health problems
  • Learn better oral health habits. Provide your child with the latest advice on how to look after their teeth
  • Reduce problems associated with poor oral health. These could include certain eating disorders, diabetes, heart disease, and some types of cancer. 
  • Reduce the long-term cost of treatment. Catching oral health problems early can help lower your total treatment costs, nipping problems in the bud before they get out of control
  • Prevent gum disease. Gum disease typically starts as low-level gingivitis – damage to the outermost layer of gum. However, it can penetrate deeper, causing more serious periodontitis which can lead to tooth loss. Preventative dentistry helps to identify and solve your child’s emerging gum disease before it becomes a serious problem. 


Our Preventative Dentistry Services

At Westpark Pediatric Dentistry, we offer a range of preventive dental care services – all of which are proactive approaches to ensure your child’s mouth stays healthy. 

Our oral hygiene advice, for instance, provides information on how often you should brush and floss, and when. We also offer sealants that prevent cavities from forming on your child’s baby teeth and silver diamine fluoride to prevent existing decay from becoming worse. 

If you’d like to explore preventative dentistry options for your child, get in touch with our team today to learn more. 


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Monday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday By Appointment Only
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 1:00 pm*
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(832) 924-7275

7324 Grand Mission Blvd. #100
Richmond, TX 77407
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