Get Your Kids Ready For Summer With Preventive Dentistry

Now that summer break is here, you should consider scheduling a visit for your child. With pediatric dentistry, we take a preventive approach to help protect kids from common oral health issues, including cavities and injury. In today’s blog, your Austin, MN, dentists are looking at the preventive treatments we offer for our smallest patients.

An Exam and Cleaning

Every six months, you should bring your child in for an exam. With a checkup, we use advanced technology to examine the smile for possible warning signs of trouble, such as the early indicators of tooth decay, gingivitis, and developing misalignment. By identifying them early, we can treat them before they out the smile at risk of major complications! In addition, if you schedule one now, the next visit should fall around winter break, so your children will be ready for the new school year and won’t need to missing school for a visit.

We also clean your teeth, a procedure that removes all plaque and tartar from your smile. Plaque buildup could increase the risk of tooth decay and gum disease, so removing this buildup helps preserve the health and beauty of your child’s smile.

Avoid Cavities with Fluoride and Dental Sealants

Our team also employs preventive treatments to help strengthen your smile’s defense against cavities. For example, during each six month visit we can apply a fluoride varnish to the teeth. The fluoride helps improve the enamel and shore up natural defenses against cavities. Since the rear teeth cannot be reached easily when a kid brushes and flosses, we can place an acrylic coating to them to prevent food from becoming stuck between these hard-to-reach teeth. The sealants then stay in place for years and wear away naturally with time.


To protect smiles or injury, especially if your kid is wearing braces, you should consider a custom-made athletic mouthguard. The mouthguard covers the teeth and limits the chances of them becoming chipped, cracked, or knocked-out. Each one is custom-made based on detailed impressions and measurements we take of your smile, and provide a greater level of protection than boil-and-bite store bought options. If you have any questions about our approach to children’s dentistry, then contact our team today. We want to help your little one enjoys an optimal oral health!


Pediatric dentistry allows our team to help the children in our community maintain stronger and healthier smiles. To learn more about our approach to children’s dentistry, then schedule an appointment with the Potach and Mitchell Dental Clinic, contact our Austin, MN dental office today by calling 507-437-6312. Our office welcomes patients from Austin, MN and surrounding communities.