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Taking your child to see a general dentist or a children’s dentist is an important part of establishing a healthy oral care routine at home. We provide our patients with the option of seeing a general family dentist or a pediatric dentist.
Pediatric dentists are specialists in providing dentistry for kids. They have completed an additional two years of training focused on meeting the unique dental needs of children. Pediatric dentists are able to make children feel safe and comfortable throughout their entire visit. They can also help parents to establish dental health habits in the home.
If you’ve been wondering, “Is there a great children’s dentist near me?“, you don’t have to wonder anymore. Our practice provides you and your family with the kind of high-quality dental health care that you deserve.
When Is the Best Time to Take My Child to the Dentist?
Children should first see a kids’ dentist by the time they turn one. This is because cavities can begin forming as soon as a tooth comes in. Once your child has two teeth that touch, it is important to floss so that cavities won’t begin to form in between the teeth.
Baby bottle tooth decay is a common dental problem in babies and toddlers. This condition happens when children fall asleep with a bottle or sippy cup in their mouths. The liquid (usually milk, formula, juice or sugar water) stays on the teeth and leads to dental decay (cavities). To prevent this from occurring, it is best that you never put your child to bed with a sippy cup or a bottle.
What Can I Expect During My Child’s First Dentist Visit?
The first visit will consist of our children’s dentist performing an examination of your child’s mouth. The purpose of this examination is to check the condition of your child’s teeth and the alignment of the jaw. Younger children, or children who are nervous, will be able to sit in your lap during the examination.
Dental X-rays will be taken if needed to reveal any tooth decay or other dental problems. However, most small children typically do not require X-rays.
Our team of dentists and other dental professionals offer the following services that will keep your child’s smile both healthy and bright:
- Teeth Cleaning for Children: Our dentists and hygienists perform this essential element of kids’ dental care. We can get children to open their mouths wide so that the teeth can be thoroughly cleaned.
- Fluoride: Fluoride is also known as nature’s cavity fighter. We can apply topical fluoride treatments to the surface of the teeth to make them more resistant to cavities.
- Dental Sealants: Dental sealants are comprised of a thin layer of plastic that protects the back teeth by sealing the grooves on the chewing surfaces. They ensure that bacteria and food are unable to get trapped in those grooves.
- Dental Bonding: Our dentists use tooth-colored materials to repair chips and minor fractures of the teeth.
- Fillings: Fillings are used to repair teeth that have been damaged by cavities. During the filling procedure, the dentist will gently remove the damaged part of the tooth and repair it with a silver amalgam filling or tooth-colored filling.
- Baby Root Canal: Dental decay that is left untreated will eventually reach the soft pulp area of the tooth, which can cause a severe toothache. A children’s dentist will provide a gentle touch if your child needs a root canal. In some cases, root canals are the only option available to save a tooth.
- Pediatric Crowns: In instances where a child has a cavity that is too large to fill or a tooth that has been damaged beyond repair, the dentist can place a pediatric crown over the tooth.
- Mouthguards: The American Dental Association strongly suggests that children wear mouthguards when participating in any kind of athletic activities. A mouthguard protects the teeth from breaking, becoming loose or being knocked out if a blow to the face occurs.
When Do Baby Teeth Come In?
Most children’s baby teeth begin to emerge sometime around the age of six months, although some children experience teething anywhere between three and 12 months.
Can You Tell Me When Baby Teeth Fall Out?
The majority of children begin losing their teeth around the age of six. The process of losing baby teeth generally continues until the age of 12.
What Causes Children to Have Toothaches?
Toothaches are typically caused by dental decay, infection or injuries sustained to a tooth. If your child is experiencing a toothache, it is important that you promptly visit a dentist who has experience in providing dentistry for children.
Now that you’ve discovered our practice, you know where to find a trusted children’s dentist in Collingdale. Call us now at (484) 427-4663 to book an appointment for your child.