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It’s important to have a dentist for your child, just like it’s important to have a pediatrician for regular health exams and when problems arise. When you search for a children’s dentist near me, you’ll see we offer compassionate, gentle care from our dentist who has additional training after dental school, putting children and their parents at ease. He or she will have attended a residency program after dental schools for at least two years, specializing in dentistry for children. Our dentists excel at meeting young patient’s unique needs from the time they are infants to when they become teenagers.
Our children’s dentist is also an educational resource for moms and dads. If you want your child to develop good habits that will help them keep their teeth and gums healthy as adults, please contact our office. We will set up an appointment for you and your child to come in and meet us. Our team will ensure your child will receive the kind, tender care they deserve.
When Is the Best Time for My Child to See a Children’s Dentist?
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the best time is six months after they get their first tooth or by age one, whichever comes first. As soon as a baby gets a tooth, they can get a cavity. One year olds are usually not afraid of dentists either, so you can start them off right by introducing the dentist to your child early. They will see visiting our dental practice as a pleasant activity where everyone is nice to them.
Parents sometimes don’t realize how important baby teeth are, even though they are not permanent. Baby teeth save a space for the permanent tooth and help with speech and chewing. Parents can also learn how to care for their child’s teeth until they can brush on their own. Our kid’s dentist always cautions parents against putting their baby to bed with a bottle or sippy cup with milk or juice in it. This can lead to decay as the sugar in the drink will sit on the teeth all night.
What Should I Expect During Dentistry for Children Services?
Small children can often sit on their mom or dad’s lap in the dental chair. Exams for one and two year old children mainly consist of a visual inspection of the teeth and answering the parent’s questions.
As your child gets older, dentistry for kids may include a range of preventative and restorative treatments, including:
Teeth Cleaning for Children – We can gently clean children’s teeth and get them started on lifelong preventative measures, such as brushing and flossing, that will help protect them from cavities and gum disease.
Fluoride – Our topical fluoride treatments can help children’s teeth resist decay, especially as they are growing.
Dental Sealants – Our children’s dentist suggests sealants for the chewing surface of molars, which have difficult to clean pits and grooves.
Dental Bonding – Our dentist can repair small chips and cracks in your child’s tooth with tooth-colored composite resin.
Fillings – If your child has a cavity, our dentist can remove the decay, and then fill the cavity with a composite filling.
Baby Root Canal – We try to save damaged baby teeth with a baby root canal if the tooth isn’t ready to fall out. A baby root canal will stop the pain in your child’s tooth if decay has reached the pulp.
Pediatric Crowns – After a root canal, your child will need a crown to protect the weakened tooth. Kids dental care can also include crowns for teeth with large cavities so they remain intact until the tooth falls out.
Mouthguards – If your child plays sports, a mouthguard will protect their teeth, tongue and jaw from accidental injuries.
When Do Baby Teeth Appear?
Baby teeth usually start coming in between six and ten months, although they can come in as early as three months and as late as 12 months. The bottom front teeth typically come in first.
When Do Baby Teeth Fall Out?
Children start losing their baby teeth between ages four to eight years old, although the average is five years old. The earlier the teeth come in, the earlier they may fall out.
Why Do Kids Get Toothaches?
Children mainly get toothaches from decay caused by sugary foods and drinks. They could also have an abscess or a cracked tooth from a fall. A toothache could also come from something simple, like your child wiggling a loose baby tooth too much or a piece of food stuck between their teeth. If the pain persists for more than a day or you see obvious signs of decay or an abscess, please call our children’s dentist in Gilbert for an appointment.