Pediatric Dentistry

We recognize that going to the dentist can be scary, especially for children.  Our staff is specifically trained to deal with children of all ages to make sure that their experience is pleasant and painless.  We will walk your children through whatever questions they might have about dental cleanings and procedures. 

In addition, we are well versed in the nuances of pediatric dentistry.  There are a plethora of procedures and approaches that need to be custom tailored for children to account for their continued physical development.  Our focus on pediatric dentistry is a core part of our practice and something that we take great pride in.

Dentistry for Young Children

For younger children, our pediatric dentistry practice focuses primarily on preventing tooth decay. Recent studies have shown that unhealthy mouths can lead to reduced academic success and poor interpersonal relationships. Accordingly, our office not only cares for their teeth while here, but imparts advice on developing proper eating habits and correct home care for healthy teeth.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend that the first trip to the dentist should occur no later than six months after either (1) the emergence of a child’s first tooth or (2) by the first birthday of the child. It is also critical to establish a “dental home” for the child in order to optimize our ability to detect and prevent any sign of tooth decay. Early detection of any oral issues is important for maintaining dental health.

In addition, our pediatric dentistry practice is geared towards the care of baby teeth.  Healthy baby teeth (also called primary teeth) are essential for receiving proper nutrition, nurturing speech development, and maintaining adequate space in the mouth for incoming permanent teeth.  We have worked with many children over the years and make sure to devote the adequate care and attention to their particular needs.

Perhaps the most critical part of our pediatric dentistry practice is instilling a set habit within children for proper oral hygiene.  There are several critical pieces to this puzzle.  First and foremost, parents need to follow what they preach.  Children are far more likely to develop good oral hygiene if they see their parents brushing and flossing regularly. 

Next, we want to make the process as fun and enjoyable as possible.  While this might seem like a tall order, the first step would be to push an electric toothbrush over a conventional one.  Studies have shown that children are more likely to brush with an electric toothbrush because the process is more exciting.  If you are having a hard time getting your child on the teeth brushing bandwagon, let us help.  Our pediatric dentistry practice has the experience and knowhow to get your children on track.

Dentistry for Adolescents

The role of our pediatric dentistry practice transitions as children reach adolescence. As adult teeth begin to come in, we modify our care to more closely mimic adult care practices.  In addition, we devote time to inform adolescents of the risks of tobacco and alcohol use.

We are also highly sensitive to children’s changing psychological stresses as they get older.  Image is important as an adult, but even more so as an adolescent.  We will speak candidly with every child and parent about questions related to orthodontics and other cosmetic procedures or treatments.

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