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Starting your child on the path to a lifetime of healthy smiles begins with regular visits to our office where we provide comprehensive dentistry for children services. Early and consistent kids dental care is just as important as regular visits to the pediatrician because healthy teeth contribute to a healthy body.
What Is Dentistry for Kids?
Our children’s dentist is a dentist who has trained for an extra two years to care for kids from infants to teens. We’re passionate about your child’s dental health, so call us if you’ve been asking, “Who should I call for a children’s dentist near me?”
When Should Your Baby See a Dentist?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that you schedule your baby’s first dental visit by the time your child is one year old. When you see baby teeth coming in, it’s time to start caring for those teeth to prevent cavities. With first teeth, wipe your baby’s teeth with a damp cloth at least twice a day, especially after feedings. Avoid putting your baby to bed with a bottle or sippy cup as that can lead to baby bottle tooth decay. You floss your baby’s teeth as soon as your baby has two teeth that touch each other. We’re happy to help you keep your child’s smile bright and healthy, so contact our office for an appointment with our children’s dentist.
What Should You Expect at Your Child’s Dental Visit?
First, our children’s dentist will check your child’s teeth and jaw alignment to identify any potential problems. During this exam, your child may sit on your lap or in the dental chair, depending on your child’s comfort level and age. Dental x-rays aren’t usually taken at every exam, but sometimes x-rays are needed to reveal cavities.
Here are a few other ways we help keep your child’s smile bright:
Teeth Cleaning for Children
Want to help your child develop healthy dental habits? Regular kids teeth cleanings are a good way to start.
Topical fluoride applications help children’s teeth resist decay. Feel free to call us to find out more about fluoride for children’s teeth.
The chewing surface of back teeth has nooks and crannies that can trap food, leading to cavities. Sealants for children’s teeth covers those ridges and grooves so decay can’t set in.
Sometimes, fillings in baby teeth are necessary. The procedure is simple and painless, removing the damaged part of the tooth and filling the space with a composite or amalgam filling.
If your child has a very large cavity that cannot be repaired with a filling, our kid’s dentist may repair and cap the tooth with a pediatric crown. Pediatric crowns are also used to complete pediatric root canal procedures.
Kids mouthguards are useful to prevent damage from kids grinding teeth at night. Also, the American Dental Association recommends children’s mouthguards for kids who play sports like soccer and gymnastics.
When Do Baby Teeth Emerge?
On average, baby teeth start coming in at about six months of age, although some babies may start to get their teeth at four months.
When Are Baby Teeth Lost?
Baby teeth begin to fall out when kids are between the ages of 4 and 7, although it occurs most often at age 6.
What Causes Childhood Toothaches?
Your child may develop a toothache if plaque has accumulated on a tooth or if the tooth has a cavity. Other issues can cause children’s toothaches, such as food stuck between teeth and sinus infections. Our dentist is here to help determine the cause of your child’s toothache, so schedule an appointment with our children’s dentist in Marietta right away.