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What is Dentistry for Children?
Dentistry for kids is a dental specialty where pediatric dentists, who have two or more years of additional training after dental school, treat babies, infants and school age children. Family dentists often act as children’s dentists because they train to treat patients of all ages in dental school. If you are looking for a “children’s dentist near me,” call our office to schedule your child’s appointment. We have both pediatric and family dentists available for kid’s dental care.
When Should I Take My Baby to a Kid’s Dentist for the First Time?
Since babies start teething by six months, your baby should see a children’s dentist at age one. If your baby starts teething early, wait six months and then call our office to arrange an appointment.
What Will Happen During My Baby’s First Dental Appointment?
Most likely, our dentist will only do a visual examination and not take x-rays. Our pediatric dentist will talk to you about how to care for your baby’s teeth and how to prevent decay in baby teeth. For example, you shouldn’t put your baby down with a bottle of real fruit juice, since it is packed with cavity-causing sugar.
Children’s Dental Services
For our youngest patients, children’s dentists can provide:
Teeth Cleaning for Children
As soon as your child is able to sit still and can keep his mouth open for treatment, you should have his or her teeth cleaned. This procedure removes the plaque that causes cavities. Hygienists offer a gentle, scaled down version of an adult teeth cleaning, with no scaling.
We can give your child a topical fluoride treatment. Fluoride for children’s teeth absorbs into the enamel, making your child’s teeth better able to stand up to decay.
Dental sealants for children are painted on, effectively sealing the grooves and depression and creating a permanent shield over each tooth.
We’re proud to offer both economical amalgam (metal) fillings and aesthetically pleasing tooth-colored composite fillings for children.
Baby teeth are crowned after being weakened by a large cavity because a children’s dentist knows the importance of keeping baby teeth in until the adult teeth are ready to emerge. If a dentist pulls the tooth instead of filling the cavity, the baby teeth may shift, making the permanent teeth come in crooked.
Mouthguards protect a child’s teeth from harm during contact or organized sports of any kind. The cushion lowers the risk of a knocked out tooth.
When Do Baby Teeth Begin Appearing?
Milk (baby) teeth can begin appearing between six and twelve months. There are some babies born with a tooth or two already emerging from the gums since the teeth are formed during gestation, but this is rare.
When Can My Child Anticipate a Loose Tooth?
Children can start losing teeth as early as four years old and as late as seven years old. The first teeth to appear are the first ones to fall out.
What is the Most Common Reason that Children Experience Tooth Pain?
Decay is the most common reason children experience tooth pain, followed by infections. In small children who cannot communicate well yet, it’s best to check that they didn’t accidentally cause the pain by wiggling a loose tooth too much. You can have your child rinse their mouth with tepid salt water to help ease the pain if you suspect that they have a cavity. Contact our office to schedule an appointment with a children’s dentist in Chesapeake so we can diagnose the problem and then treat it.