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Children welcome a visit from the tooth fairy but tend to fear going to the dentist—don’t they realize we’re on the same team of good dental health? All jokes aside, children need their teeth cleaned regularly, just like adults do, to prevent cavities and other painful tooth issues. We also know that they can get nervous about the dentist’s office, just like a fair number of grownups.
Our family dentist in [CITY] aims to help your child to feel as comfortable as our adult patients. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry suggests starting your child on the path to good dental health by scheduling that first dental visit before your child’s first birthday. Our family dentists treat adults, teenagers, and children who are old enough to follow instructions.
Tooth decay is so preventable, yet it’s the most common chronic childhood disease, ranking above asthma, diabetes, and early-childhood obesity. About one in five children between ages 5 and 11 have at least one tooth with dental decay, statistics show, and 13% of teenagers between ages 12 and 19 have at least one untreated cavity. Left untreated, severe tooth decay doesn’t just cause pain and possible infection. It can affect sleeping, eating, speech, learning, and overall physical development.
Our friendly staff in [CITY] looks forward to meeting your family’s dental needs and working with you to help keep your family’s smiles healthy.
Here are some of the dental treatments for children that we provide at [OFFICE]:
Teeth Cleanings for Children in [CITY]
It’s no secret children love to eat gummies, candy, snacks, and other items loaded with sugar. But even carbohydrates like bread can interact with the bacteria in our mouths to create acids that erode the enamel of teeth, creating cavities (holes). Our dentists and hygienists have experience in setting children at ease as they clean tiny teeth gently to remove cavity-causing plaque.
Nature’s cavity fighter, topical fluoride strengthens the teeth’s surface, helping to resist decay. We use fluoride that also tastes pleasant, too.
Our children’s dentist in [CITY] can apply a sealant to your child’s rear teeth, where brushing is especially tough at a young age. A dental sealant is a safe, thin plastic coating that blocks food particles and bacteria from settling into the grooves on the teeth’s chewing surfaces. Your child won’t taste or feel the sealant, which is painless to apply and can last for years.
Child Tooth Fillings
If your child develops a cavity, we can help him or her feel as comfortable as possible while getting a tooth-colored filling to repair the tooth damage.
Chips and small fractures to front teeth can arise after any number of childhood mishaps. Our tooth-colored bonding materials can repair these flaws seamlessly.
Occasionally, a child needs a tooth-colored crown because of a cavity too large for a filling, or a cracked or broken tooth. We’ll work with your child to create a custom crown for such a tooth because we don’t like to remove a baby tooth unless it’s close to falling out on its own. We also can place a crown on a tooth saved through a root canal procedure.
Sometimes when a child loses a baby tooth before it’s ready to come out because of decay, an accident, or other circumstances, the surrounding teeth will shift into the empty space. This can cause additional problems. Our children’s dentist can hold that gap in your child’s smile until the permanent tooth grows in naturally by using a space maintainer. This device also can help with pre-orthodontic treatment.
The American Dental Association recommends that anyone that who plays sports should wear a mouthguard to protect the teeth. This particularly holds true for children, whether they’re involved with gymnastics, basketball, football, boxing, baseball, skateboarding, martial arts, field hockey, wrestling, or any other sport that can lead to a mouth injury. Our family dentists can create a custom-made mouthguard for your child that feels and works better than those boil-and-bite ones available at many drugstores and sporting-goods stores.
Emergency Dental Services for Children:
We’re also here to help if your child chips a tooth, knocks a tooth loose, or knocks out a tooth. Please call our office in [CITY] at [PHONE_LINK] for emergency dental care for children.