According to the American Dental Association, a child’s first dental exam with a pediatric dentist should happen soon after the first baby tooth comes in, or by the time the child turns 1 year old. Even though baby’s first teeth are temporary, getting an early start on excellent dental hygiene practices will help your child enjoy good oral health for life.
Pediatric dentistry is an age-defined specialty that provides primary, comprehensive, preventive, and therapeutic oral health care for infants and children.
At Parkhaven Dental, we recommend that parents begin bringing children with them to visit and become acclimated to the dental office at the age of two. It is very important to present the dental office as a warm and friendly environment and a place to look forward to visiting. Parents should NEVER use a trip to the dentist as a punishment or as a threat to a child. This can breed anxiety in a young child and can make patient management difficult should comprehensive dentistry become indicated. Parents should also monitor sweets in a child’s diet to help avoid dental treatment in young children. Parkhaven Dental Care is very happy to treat our younger patients. Our philosophy, however, is to refer to pediatric dentists, when indicated, to help manage and make more comfortable our younger patients, who may require more special attention due to anxiety.
What Is a Children’s Dentist?
A children’s dentist specializes in dentistry that focuses on providing gentle and compassionate dental care to children from infancy through adolescence. At Parkhaven Dental Care in Plano and Gunter, our dentists understands the unique needs of young, vulnerable primary (baby) teeth and how best to preserve your child’s oral health as they grow and develop.
Child development and psychology are key components of children’s dentistry. Drs. Pincus, Dr. Sayek, and Dr. Dad will create an environment that is warm, fun, and inviting for little ones. Our dental professionals know how to provide treatments in a way that helps children avoid developing dental phobias, so they can look forward to their regular visits to our office.
Pediatric Dentistry Treatments
At Parkhaven Dental Care, fostering trust with children at an early age, while helping them develop excellent at-home oral hygiene habits, is our primary goal. Our children’s dentistry practice encompasses a broad base of services and treatments that allows our dentists to help care for and maintain your child’s oral health as they grow and develop. These include:
- Infant oral health exams
- Digital x-rays and cleanings
- Fluoride treatments
- Diagnosis and safe treatment of dental disorders
- At-home dental care education
- Orthodontic evaluation
- Care for dental injuries
Starting regular checkups early in your child’s life allows us to catch decay and signs of gum disease before they become serious, so we can correct any underlying hygiene issues and prevent problems. As your child grows, we can provide treatments such as sealants to protect new, vulnerable permanent teeth from decay, as well as mouth guards to protect the teeth of your budding sports enthusiast. We can also identify and address potential orthodontic problems before they evolve into bigger money- and time-consuming issues.
To ensure that your child is well on the way to enjoying a lifetime of excellent oral health, call our Plano office (972) 416-2330, our Gunter office (903) 433-1512, or our Irving office (972) 579-1046 to schedule an appointment for your family.