We take care of patients throughout each stage of life. This means that children will never “grow out” of our office. Because our dentists are experienced in adult and children’s dentistry, we can identify issues in the spacing or function of baby teeth before they affect the adult teeth. Dr. Adam Carraway aims to create a friendly office space where patients of all ages feel comfortable. In addition, he can provide preventative dental care to fight cavities, decay, and gum disease. No matter your age, you can get the care you need at Carraway Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, a family dental office in Greer, SC.
Your Child’s First Dental Visit
We recommend establishing a dental home and seeing a dentist for the first time by the time the first tooth comes in or at eighteen months of age. This allows our team to identify issues and recommend corrective actions before problems arise. We understand dental offices can be a scary place for our youngest patients. Therefore, we encourage our parents to bring their children to their cleaning appointments before the child’s first dental visit. This allows the child to see that it can be an enjoyable experience to go to the dentist and that there is nothing to fear.
For younger patients, we may recommend dental sealants or a fluoride rinse. Dental sealants are thin protective coatings that are placed on the teeth. Sealants are typically placed on the back molars because they are more prone to developing cavities. Fluoride rinses also help protect teeth from cavities and strengthen the tooth enamel.
Age-Specific Dental Care
Family dentistry in our Greer, SC office encompasses everyone from the youngest children to the oldest seniors. Different ages are more susceptible to other dental problems. For young children, tooth decay is the most common dental issue. This is because younger children have higher sugar diets and don’t have the best oral healthcare skills. Dental sealants can add an extra layer of protection to your children’s teeth that are most susceptible to tooth decay.
The most critical component of children’s dentistry is education and prevention. We work hard to ensure that our youngest patients have wonderful dental experiences so they will never be afraid of the dentist. Instead, they will look forward to visiting for preventative checkups. As a member of each child’s healthcare team, we look for areas of improvement to ensure a lifetime of quality oral health. After each visit, we make dietary and home hygiene recommendations to improve dental outcomes and reduce the possibility of future dental disease.
As children get older, crooked teeth become a concern. Dr. Carraway can detect bite or smile issues in children before they become significant issues. We also work with a team of experienced specialists such as orthodontists, pediatric dentists, and oral surgeons when necessary. If a child’s bite has severe issues, orthodontists can better correct the issue while the child is growing than after growth has been completed. Many orthodontists recommend an initial consultation after the first adult tooth has come in around age seven. If an extreme overbite or underbite is identified early enough, orthodontists can correct the problem using braces alone rather than surgery. Every smile is unique, and it is essential to identify smile issues as early as possible.
Oral Health Changes
Our teeth change with age, just like the rest of our bodies. The enamel layer on the outside thins and exposes more of the off-white dentin layer underneath. Lifestyle choices like smoking or drinking coffee cause further staining on your teeth. Professional teeth whitening helps us erase years of aging on your teeth.
Wisdom teeth also come into play in your late teens and early twenties. With evolution, our mouths usually don’t have room for extra molars. They cause crooked teeth and other oral health problems. In almost all cases, we recommend that wisdom teeth be removed. Multiple solutions are available to treat crooked teeth as well.
Seniors are more prone to missing teeth. Like teeth staining, problems like this develop over time and with age. At our office, we offer multiple options to replace missing teeth. Solutions include dental implants, bridges, and dentures. We’ll have a consultation with you to determine the best course of action for your unique situation.
General Family Dental FAQs
Learn more about how to maintain your oral health and schedule family dental care in our Greer, SC office:
When should I bring my child for their first dental visit?
We recommend that parents schedule their child’s first dental visit when their baby teeth emerge. Then, when your child is a year old, they will be ready for their first checkup.
When and how often should I brush my teeth?
Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day, for two minutes each time, keeps harmful bacteria at bay. Right after you wake up, you can brush your teeth to remove bacteria that build up overnight. Sometimes brushing your teeth after breakfast can have adverse effects. If you have acidic foods or beverages and then brush, that can damage the tooth enamel. The best time to brush your teeth at night is right before bed.
What is the best age for dental sealants?
Your child can receive dental sealants once their molars have grown in. The first molars emerge around age six, while the second set often appears around age twelve. Once the first molars have arrived, we recommend tooth sealants as they create a protective barrier against harmful bacteria.
Request a Dental Appointment Today
Are you looking for a family dentist in Greer, SC? Call Carraway Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today at 864.268.7812. You can also request a dental consultation online with Dr. Carraway. Please let us know if you have any other questions or concerns, and we will be happy to assist you.