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We love providing children with high-quality dental care. Our friendly, fun dental office makes it easy for parents and caregivers to have their kids see a pediatric dentist. Regular dental visits can keep their teeth and gums healthy and set them up for a lifetime of good oral care habits. Children and teens who don’t fear visiting a dentist grow into adults who continue to see a dentist regularly.
What Is Children’s Pediatric Dentistry?
Pediatric dentistry focuses on dental care for children from infancy through their teenage years. Kids need special services that adults don’t, including sealants and fluoride treatments to protect their teeth. Even a dental cleaning for kids is different than the ones administered for adults. We suggest your child have their first teeth cleaning at about age three.
You’ll also find pediatric periodontics services at our office, since children can get gum disease just like adults. We provide orthodontic services and can arrange for your child to see a pediatric oral surgeon if he or she has an emergency. Our comprehensive children’s pediatric dentistry services ensure your child can get all the care they need here, without you having to take your child to a new office with new people.
Why Is It Important for Kids to See Pediatric Dental Specialists?
Pediatric dentists are specialists that have received additional training after graduating dental school. They typically complete a two-year residency program where they learn more about making children feel comfortable and how to treat children with special needs. Children are not just tiny adults; they are not as patient and have a hard time understanding what’s happening, they also have specific needs as their mouth and teeth are still developing.
We do our best to make our young patients comfortable in our waiting room and in the exam room. While we have state-of-the-art equipment, we keep our office from being clinical with décor and toys designed for our valued young patients. A pediatric dentist also knows how to talk to children. For example, our toddler dentist uses simple words to explain to your child what he or she is going to do and why. Dental jargon scares kids, since they don’t know what it means.
Leave plenty of time to arrive for your appointment. It helps your child relax if they don’t feel rushed. If you’re anxious about dental visits, try not to let it show or your child could become anxious themselves. Make the visit sound exciting and your child will look forward to it.
If you’re wondering about the cost of pediatric dental visit, it is well worth it to keep your child’s teeth healthy. Preventative care, like checkups and fluoride treatments are less expensive than paying to have cavities filled. We know cost is often a concern, so we offer financing options to help spread the cost out over several months. We do our best to make our high-quality services affordable for parents. If you have any concerns, please contact us to learn more about your payment options.
When Should I Take My Child to the Dentist for the First Time?
Babies usually get their first tooth when they are six months old, but possibly earlier or later. They should see a dentist by the time they are a year old or six months after their first tooth appears, according to The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Our dentist can show you how to keep baby teeth and their mouth clean. Good oral hygiene will make teething easier for your baby (and for you).
Ideally, children should visit a dentist twice a year. Baby teeth perform important functions, They help your child speak clearly, chew and they hold a place for the adult tooth. It’s important to help your child keep them in good shape until they fall out naturally.
What Happens During My Kid’s First Dental Visit?
Children’s dentists make first appointments easy and stress-free. Usually, you’ll sit in the chair and hold your baby. Your dentist will verify your child is progressing normally and mainly talk to you about teeth cleaning, thumb sucking and more. Kid’s dentists often warn parents about baby bottle decay. You shouldn’t give your infant or toddler milk or juice in a bottle at night. The sugar can sit on their teeth and cause decay.
Can Pediatric Dental Specialists Treat Children with Special Needs?
Our dentists for kids excel at treating children with special needs. Our team understands that children with sensory or intellectual disabilities have unique needs and we are here to help. Your dentist can also help you create an at-home oral care routine for your child that adapts to their abilities and keeps their teeth healthy. Our dentist can administer safe sedation to your special needs child if he or she is fearful of having a procedure done. If you need special dental care personalized for your child’s needs, contact us today.