Pediatric Dentistry

Our family-friendly dental practice provides care for children to help establish healthy habits at a young age and ensure healthy oral development in the years to come. Treating children takes a special approach to providing dental care. We foster an inviting environment that helps children feel welcome and safe. In addition to providing checkups and cleanings, our team offers oral health education in a memorable way so that children can apply the information they learn in their daily lives.

Checkups and Cleanings

Children’s dental cleanings and checkups are comfortable and non-invasive. When performing checkups, we use handheld instruments and advanced diagnostics to evaluate the health of structures we can’t see like the internal structure of teeth and the jawbones. Checkups can reveal dental caries, gum disease, and other issues that might require orthodontic care.

Cleanings, like checkups, are very important. A professional cleaning removes substances we cannot remove with brushing and flossing. Moreover, a cleaning gives us a very close look at the gums and surfaces of teeth so that we can detect potential problems as soon as possible.

Preventive Care for Kids

Pediatric-DentistryPreventive care is an affordable method for preserving oral health long before problems begin to develop. Your child receiving a preventive treatment can help save precious oral tissue and significantly reduce the likelihood of developing uncomfortable conditions like tooth decay that can be invasive to treat.

Two popular preventive services we offer are fluoride treatments and dental sealants. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that helps replenish minerals lost to acid exposure. A fluoride treatment is non-invasive and comfortable. Our team simply applies a fluoridated, flavored varnish to teeth, where it will sit for a few minutes.

Dental sealants, like fluoride treatments, help prevent tooth decay by strengthening teeth. Sealants are applied to teeth in liquid form and hardened with a curing light. Dental sealants fill in the pits and fissures where bacteria and debris collect on teeth.

If your family is in need of pediatric dental care, call us today to set up an appointment.

Common Pediatric Dentistry Questions

Are baby teeth really that important to my child?

Baby teeth are very important to your child’s wellbeing and development. Moreover, developing diseased baby teeth is uncomfortable for children. Untreated tooth decay among children is also a primary contributor to poor academic performance and days spent out of school.

Your child’s baby teeth are essential structures. They are needed for healthy oral function and proper speech. If your child develops dental caries or loses his or her baby teeth prematurely to disease, he or she will experience diminished oral function because of pain associated with diseased teeth or because teeth are missing.

Additionally, teaching your child to care for his or her baby teeth is important preparation for learning to care for adult, permanent teeth. Learning to brush and floss properly before adult teeth come in is beneficial because proper oral hygiene is needed to keep teeth healthy and strong for a lifetime.

How often does my child need to see the dentist?

Unless otherwise instructed by a dentist, a child with no signs of congenital or developmental abnormalities normally begins receiving cleanings and checkups twice a year around the age of three or four. By the age of five, a child will receive his or her first dental X-rays to check on the health of the roots of teeth, emerging adult teeth, and the jawbones.

Establishing familiarity with the dentist’s office at a young age helps people develop trusting relationships with oral healthcare providers and positive associations with dental treatment. Our practice is equipped to meet the needs of our younger patients. We promote a family-friendly and welcoming atmosphere so that all our guests feel at ease.

What should I do if my child falls and knocks out a permanent tooth?

Losing a tooth to dental injuries or disease is very distressing – especially if it is a permanent tooth. If your child has injured a tooth to the point that it is loose, broken, or dislodged from its socket, it is important to call our practice as soon as possible. When calling, be sure to tell our staff the nature of your issue and any symptoms or side effects that we should know about. While we prepare for your visit, we will provide tips in the interim to increase comfort.