Dental Care for Children
We are proud to offer dental treatment to patients of all ages, especially children. Childhood treatment is the best way to prevent dental problems in later life.
A gentle hand and a friendly, fun approach to dental health is required in pediatric dentistry. Some of the many services we provide are:
- Dental Care for Infants
- Dental Care for Children Ages Two to Six
- Dental Care for Children Ages Seven to Twelve
- Dental Care for Adolescents
Dental Care for Infants
Although baby teeth may be temporary, they are very important to your child’s health. Infant teeth need special care for proper chewing, biting, speech and appearance. You can set the foundation for good dental health and a winning smile by wiping your baby’s teeth with a soft, moist cloth. When your child begins to grow more teeth, you can begin brushing with a soft tooth brush intended for children. Use only a small amount if you choose to use fluoride toothpaste. You can stain teeth with too much fluoride.
Dental Care for Children Ages Two to SixAround two to three is when children should be taught to brush their own teeth. By brushing at regular times each day parents can help their children establish daily tooth brushing routines. Parents should ensure no areas are missed, because new brushers are not always thorough.
Your child is ready for his or her first visit to the dentist around age three. The dentist will gently examine the child’s teeth and gums. He may also take digital X-rays, just to be certain that your child’s teeth are growing properly.
If thumb sucking continues past age four it should be discouraged. The habit can cause malformation in the roof of the mouth as well as crooked teeth. This can also affect the position of the jaw as the child grows and speech.
Dental Care for Children Ages Seven to Twelve
Any orthodontic treatment your child requires should be prepared for now. Timing is very important in this process. The dentist can determine if orthodontic care is required and help you to choose a financing option that will bring a smile to you and your child.
Dental Care for Adolescents
By the time a child reaches their teens, they often lose motivation to brush, resulting in gum disease and other dental problems. That is why it is especially important that regular dental checkups be scheduled.