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Receiving regular dental care is an important element of maintaining your child’s overall health and well-being. If you bring your child to our practice, your child will receive high-quality kids’ dental care from one of our general dentists or one of our pediatric dentists.
A pediatric dentist is a dentist who has undergone specialized training in dentistry for children after completing dental school. At our practice, you will find that our pediatric dentists are able to make children feel extremely comfortable during their visit. In addition, your child’s dentist will be able to give you tips on how you can maintain healthy oral healthcare habits while at home.
As a trusted children’s dentist in South Philadelphia, our compassionate dental team is committed to providing your child with the highest-quality dental care. It doesn’t matter if you go to one of our pediatric dentists or one of our family dentists, you will find that the level of care your child will receive is second to none.
When Should You Take Your Child to the Dentist?
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, a child should have the first visit with a children’s dentist by one year old. This is because cavities can form as soon as a child’s first tooth grows in. Once a child has two teeth that touch one another, it is important to floss in order to keep cavities from forming between the two teeth.
A common problem that develops in babies and toddlers is baby bottle tooth decay. This occurs when a liquid, such as milk, juice, formula or sugar water, sits on the teeth, leading to cavities (dental decay). When children fall asleep with a bottle or sippy cup in their mouth, they are at risk for baby bottle tooth decay.
What Will Happen During My Child’s First Visit?
At your child’s first visit with a kids’ dentist, the dentist will check your child’s teeth and jaw alignment to determine if there are any problems. Our dentist will perform the examination with your child sitting in a dental chair or on your lap.
In some instances, your dentist will take dental X-rays in order to find out if there is tooth decay or some other problem. Small children tend to not need X-rays.
Our friendly children’s dentist offers the following services to keep your child’s smile in top-notch shape:
- Teeth Cleaning for Children: Our specialists in dentistry for kids are able to get children to keep their mouths open during the teeth-cleaning process.
- Fluoride: We can apply topical fluoride treatments to the surface of your child’s teeth so that the teeth are less likely to become decayed.
- Dental Sealants: Our dentists can also apply dental sealants to your child’s teeth. Sealants keep the teeth from decaying by sealing the grooves on the back of the teeth. This sealant keeps food and bacteria from becoming trapped in the back teeth.
- Dental Bonding: If your child’s teeth have chips or small fractures, we can use tooth-colored substances to repair them.
- Fillings: When a child has a cavity, your dentist will take the damaged part of the tooth out and repair it with a filling that is either tooth-colored or made of silver amalgam.
- Baby Root Canal: Severe cases of dental decay can reach the soft tissue located within the tooth, known as pulp. When this happens, a child will experience a painful toothache. If a tooth is too damaged to repair, a root canal may be necessary. Our pediatric dentists are experienced in providing root canals to children.
- Pediatric Crowns: In some cases, a cavity is too large to fill. When this happens, the dentist will cap the tooth with a pediatric crown. These are also used during root canals.
- Mouthguards: When children participate in athletics, they should wear a mouthguard whenever they are participating. Mouthguards help to protect the teeth in case of a blow to the face. They assist in preventing broken teeth, teeth getting knocked loose or knocked out.
When Will My Child Get His or Her Baby Teeth?
While the exact age may vary from child to child, most baby teeth begin to come in sometime around six months of age. Some children may begin teething at three months, while others may not begin to get their baby teeth until as late as one year old.
When Do Baby Teeth Fall Out?
Most children will begin to lose their baby teeth sometime around the age of six. The process of losing baby teeth usually continues until around the age of 12.
Why Do Children Get Toothaches?
Many parents take their child to a children’s dentist because their child is experiencing a toothache. This common dental problem is typically caused by tooth decay, infection or injury.
If you’ve been asking yourself, “Where is there a children’s dentist near me?” you’ve come to the right place. No matter what your pediatric dental needs may be, our gentle dentistry team is here to help.