At our Children’s Center, we provide children’s dentistry to keep your child’s smile in good health. We encourage you to bring your child to our dental office every six months for a regular dental exam and cleaning.
It is important to build a positive, trusting relationship between your child and the dentist at a young age. We are dedicated to ensuring that your child feels both comfortable and safe at our office. If you have any questions about your child’s dental health or oral development, we welcome you to ask us during your visit or by calling our dental office.
A pedodontist (also known as a pediatric dentist) is a dentist that specializes in childhood dental health and care. Pedodontic dentists offer a number of important services for your child. These dentists are trained to provide quality dental services that improve your child’s dental health.
Pedodontist dentists offer a variety of services, including:
- Education: Caring for a child’s teeth is different than caring for your own. Your child’s dentist can advise you on childhood dental health care practices like brushing, flossing, and proper nutrition.
- Preventing long term problems: Your child’s dentist can advise you on potential long term problems, including early diagnosis of cavities and potential orthodontic issues which may require braces.
- Preventative treatments: Regular cleanings and fluoride treatments can prevent problems often found in children’s teeth, like cavities and gum disease.
- Repairing damaged teeth: Sometimes, your child’s teeth may get chipped, knocked out, or damaged. A pediatric dentist can help correct these problems.
Your Child’s First Visit
Taking good care of your child’s baby teeth is very important. They do eventually fall out, but until they do, baby teeth play an important role in helping your child bite, chew food and speak clearly. A child should have their first dental visit by their first birthday. During your first visit, our friendly dentist and dental team will gently clean your child’s teeth and check for signs of dental problems, such as tooth decay. Each member of our dental team is caring and gentle, and we are certain to put your child at ease.
Fluoride is a mineral that is naturally found in water and many foods. While you receive a certain amount of fluoride from your diet and from using toothpaste with fluoride, we may recommend fluoride treatment to further strengthen your teeth and prevent cavities.
Fluoride helps to strengthen your teeth and protect them from tooth decay. As you eat and drink throughout the day, bacteria, sugars, and acids constantly attack and demineralize the enamel layer of your teeth. Fluoride works to remineralize the tooth enamel as well as preventing tooth decay and cavities. In addition, fluoride can strengthen the teeth as they develop to make sure they are strong and healthy, making fluoride very important for children as their teeth grow in.
A dental sealant is used in dentistry to protect the surfaces of the teeth. Dental sealants are applied to decay-prone surfaces of the teeth, usually the back molars and pre-molars. Sealants come in the form of a liquid which quickly hardens to form a shield over these chewing surfaces. Sealants keep out germs and food that can cause tooth decay. Food and germs can get stuck in certain areas because toothbrush bristles cannot brush them away. Food germs in the mouth change the sugar in food to acid which can start a cavity in the tooth. Sealants prevent decay from ever starting.
The childhood and teenage years are a great time for orthodontic treatment. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that a child receives their first orthodontic screening by the age of seven years. We encourage you to bring your child to our office by this age to evaluate their need for orthodontic treatment. When we are able to start treatment early, we can often detect and correct potential problems before they become more serious.