Gentle Dental of West Chester
125 Turner Lane, West Chester, PA 19380
Are you aware that taking kids to a children’s dentist on a regular basis is just as important as taking them to their pediatrician? Establishing oral health care routines at an early age is an essential way to ensure that your child’s smile remains healthy.
At our practice, you can take your child to see one of our general dentists, or you can choose one of our pediatric dentists.
A pediatric dentist specializes in dentistry for kids. After completing dental school, they spend an additional two years of training in providing dental care for children. A pediatric dentist is able to make children and their parents feel comfortable throughout their visit. Also, a kids’ dentist can help you get your child started on a dental routine that will put them on the road to a lifetime of good oral health.
At our practice, we are proud to be the answer to the question, “Where can I find the best children’s dentist near me?” Call us today to schedule your child’s first appointment with our compassionate pediatric team.
Most experts in dentistry for children recommend that kids see a dentist by their first birthday. This is because dental decay can begin as soon as the first tooth has appeared. Once your child has two teeth that touch, it is important for you to begin flossing your child’s teeth to prevent decay between the teeth.
Many children suffer from a problem that is commonly referred to as baby bottle tooth decay. Beverages such as formula, juice, milk or sugar water can lead to cavities forming when the liquids remain on the teeth. This often happens when children are put to bed with a bottle or sippy cup in their mouths. This is why most dentists recommend that you never allow your child to fall asleep with a bottle or a sippy cup.
Depending on what your child is comfortable with, our children’s dentist will perform an examination from the dental chair or with the child sitting in the parent’s lap. The dentist will look for signs of cavities and for any jaw alignment issues that could be developing.
If necessary, the dentist will take dental X-rays to see if your child has any tooth decay or other issues with the teeth or jaw. Small children usually don’t need to have X-rays taken.
The baby teeth usually come in around the age of six months.
On average, children begin to lose their baby teeth at about six years old.
Children get toothaches for a number of reasons. The most common causes are a cavity, an infection or an injury to the tooth.
If you’re searching for a high-quality children’s dentist in West Chester, call our office. We will be happy to see you and your child as soon as possible.