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What is a Dentist for Kids?
A children’s dentist is a dental professional that specializes in diagnosing and treating babies, toddlers and children. While a pediatric dentist has two or more years of dentistry for children training after dental school, family dentists also treat children, since they often serve entire families. A kid’s dentist can be any dentist that has the ability to keep a scared child calm in an unfamiliar setting.
When Should My Baby See a Children’s Dentist Near Me for the First Time?
According to the American Dental Association, your baby should have their first dental visit no later than your baby’s first birthday. Your baby is susceptible to cavities as soon as they have teeth. Contact us to schedule your baby’s initial visit; our dentist will answer any questions that you have during the exam.
What Will My Child’s First Dental Visit be Like?
While a children’s dentist will look at your baby’s teeth, the primary reason for the initial visit is for the parents to learn about their child’s oral health care needs. You’ll learn how to clean a baby’s teeth and learn about how to prevent the most common dental problems for young children. It is also comforting to know that you have found a children’s dentist that you trust, so you have someone to call when your child has a toothache.
Children’s Dental Services
Children’s dentists can provide the following services:
Teeth Cleaning for Children
Part of our dentistry for kids services is to make sure that a child receives a professional teeth cleaning at an early age to remove cavity-causing plaque buildup. Our dentist and dental hygienist are experts at coaxing children to keep their mouth open for the procedure.
Fluoride treatments are safe and effective at helping to prevent cavities, especially for children who do not drink fluoridated water or children who are prone to dental decay.
Sealants for children are a coating painted on your child’s tooth to protect them against cavities. Children with pitted and grooved baby teeth benefit from sealants, as do all children when their permanent molars emerge.
One quarter of all children age four and below have at least one cavity. A large portion of kid’s dental care at our office is filling cavities.
Many people are surprised that young children can need a crown on a baby tooth, but it is vital to keep baby teeth intact because a baby tooth serves as a placeholder for the permanent tooth.
Children who play contact sports need a mouthguard to help prevent broken or knocked out teeth. We can also fit your child with a mouthguard if he or she grinds their teeth at night.
When Do Primary Teeth Emerge?
Typically parents see their baby’s first tooth at six months, but it can be as late as ten months. Signs of their first tooth emerging, which can come two to three months before the first tooth appears, include excessive drooling, decreased appetite and becoming fussier at night.
When Can My Child Expect Their First Tooth Out?
Although all children are different, most children start losing their teeth between ages six and seven. Primary teeth fall out in the same order that they appeared.
What are the Main Reasons Why Children Have Toothaches?
Children can have a toothache for many different reasons, including wiggling a loose tooth back and forth. If your child’s toothache lasts longer than one day or you see swelling and your child has a fever, don’t hesitate to call a children’s dentist in Virginia Beach to schedule an appointment for your child.