Pediatric dentistry is an area of dentistry that specializes in treating the oral healthcare needs of children. Our dentists provide regular checkups, cleanings and fluoride treatments, and overall oral treatment and care for children’s teeth. Our dentists also commonly apply sealants to children’s teeth to prevent cavities.
Our dentists are trained in examining and treating children in an environment that have been designed to make them feel comfortable. Our dentists provide overall oral care for children, including treatment for:
- Teeth defects
- Dental injuries
- Gum disease
- Speech-related disorders
- Tongue tie (restricted frenulum)
- Oral conditions related to other diseases or underlying conditions
Our dentists also provide custom mouth guards to protect children while playing sports.
Pediatric Dental Appointments
Dental appointments for children are important not only to evaluate tooth and gum health, but to educate them on preventing dental problems throughout their lives. A child should have her or his first dental exam about six months after the first tooth erupts from the gums, and should visit a pediatric dentist every six months thereafter.
During a first dental visit, the pediatric dentist will examine the child’s teeth for decay and other dental problems. The dentist may ask the accompanying caregiver about thumb-sucking or pacifier habits, and overall dental health. The dentist will then advise the caregiver and child about proper oral care, which includes brushing, flossing and fluoride treatments. A follow-up visit is usually scheduled for six months later, beginning the dental-maintenance process that will help to ensure good oral health
throughout the child’s life.