Gentle Dental of Thorndale
3307 East Lincoln Highway, Thorndale, PA 19372
Children need to visit a pediatrician for regular checkups, but they also need to visit a dentist. Visiting a children’s dentist regularly keeps your child’s teeth healthy and catches problems while they are still small. We are pleased to offer a full range of dentistry for kids at our office.
Experts recommend that parents take children to a kid’s dentist right after their first tooth emerges. For most babies, this is around 6 months of age. This may seem very early, but good habits start when children are young. Babies that go to the dentist before their first birthday learn that the dentist is a fun, safe place. If your baby has a tooth, we encourage you to contact us to make an appointment.
During your child’s first visit, we’ll introduce you both to our staff and our equipment. Babies who are too young to sit alone will sit in their parent’s laps. We will perform a very short exam to check your child’s oral health. For older children, we’ll clean their teeth with special equipment sized for smaller mouths. We’ll also talk with you about your brushing routines at home and make sure you have all the information you need to help children keep their teeth clean between visits.
Baby teeth may not seem important, but they are vital to a child’s proper development. Baby teeth allow young children to speak and eat properly. They also create a path for adult teeth as they come in. Make sure you clean your baby’s teeth as soon as they emerge. As your child grows, we’ll partner with you to keep those baby teeth healthy.
Fluoride is essential for healthy teeth. It strengthens enamel and prevents decay. Our dental professionals often recommend a special fluoride treatment. We brush a special fluoride resin on each tooth with a small brush. It hardens instantly and bonds to teeth, strengthening them. This treatment is painless and takes just a few minutes. Your child will be able to eat and drink normally right away.
We also offer special dental sealant treatments at our office. Our dental professionals spread the sealant on back teeth, where it bonds permanently with the tooth. The sealant prevents cavities by blocking bacteria and debris. It is painless to apply and lasts for years. If you are looking for a children’s dentist near me, we can help with sealants and anything else your child may need.
Because baby teeth are so important for a child’s health and development, we check them carefully for any decay. If we find a cavity, we’ll want to do a filling to keep it from getting bigger. As your children’s dentist in Thorndale, we can treat cavities with fillings.
A child’s back molars need to last until permanent molars erupt around age 13. If your child’s back teeth are damaged or decayed, we may recommend pediatric crowns. This will allow your child to keep those important back molars until the adult teeth are in. Pediatric crowns are special caps that we permanently bond to each tooth. They seal off the decay and keep it from getting worse.
Children who grind their teeth at night may need a special mouthguard. Grinding and clenching the teeth can weaken them and cause jaw pain. As part of your children’s dentist visit, we’ll evaluate their back teeth for signs of grinding. If we think a mouthguard would benefit your child, we can make a custom guard that will exactly fit your child’s mouth.
Most babies get their first teeth around six months of age. Baby teeth emerge in pairs, usually starting with the front bottom teeth. Most children have all their baby teeth by age three. As part of your toddler’s visit, we’ll check to make sure baby teeth are coming in properly. If you have any questions about your child’s baby teeth, let us know.
Most children lose their first teeth at age six. The back molars, however, don’t fall out until ages 10 to 12. It’s important to keep baby teeth healthy so that your child’s permanent teeth grow in straight. We’d be happy to answer any questions you have about your child’s baby teeth and when they should be replaced by permanent teeth.
A child’s toothache could be caused by a permanent tooth coming in or a piece of food stuck in the gum line. If your child has a toothache that gets worse or prevents normal eating, contact us right away. Some toothaches are caused by damage or decay, which will need to be repaired.