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You can put your child on the path of a lifetime of healthy teeth simply by ensuring they receive great dental care during childhood.
Healthy teeth influence all parts of a child’s life and health, and we’re passionate about helping your child enjoy a healthy smile. At Legacy Pediatric Dental and Orthodontics, we want you and your child to feel safe and at home in our warm, friendly atmosphere. Most importantly, we strive to keep your child at ease and comfortable while receiving dental care so that a trip to the dentist is an enjoyable experience.
Why Should Your Child See a Pediatric Dentist?
It’s never too late to begin a healthy oral care regimen for your child, and visiting a pediatric dentist is the best place to start. Pediatric dental specialists provide the professional skill your child needs. Plus, they have an affinity for working with kids of all ages. A toddler dentist will take great care to help your child become used to a dental visit, explaining each step and letting your child see and sometimes touch the equipment to reduce potential fears and anxiety. This sets the stage for positive dental experiences and builds a relationship of trust.
A pediatric dentist also closely tracks your child’s dental development, focusing on preventing issues such as cavities, spacing problems and damage from teeth grinding. Your pediatric dentist is a knowledgeable resource, whether you’re learning how to properly brush and floss your child’s teeth or you’re worried about your teenager’s sugary diet. Most importantly, we want your child to always feel secure while receiving care. If you have any questions about our comprehensive children’s pediatric dentistry services or our children’s dentists, feel free to call us today.
What Should You Know About Pediatric Dentistry?
While general dentists may care for your dental needs throughout your life, children’s pediatric dentistry specializes in the unique dental needs of kids. To become pediatric dentists, dentists must complete an extensive training curriculum for an additional two to three years. This specialized program gives them the knowledge and skill to treat children from birth to adolescence. During this training, kid’s dentists gain hands-on experience treating emergencies and severe dental needs that may require collaboration with a pediatric oral surgeon. Our pediatric dental specialists frequently communicate with your child’s pediatrician to ensure that all of your child’s health needs are met.
When Should Dental Visits Begin?
Your child should first visit the dentist by the age of one or two, although some parents begin bringing their children in as soon as the first couple of teeth emerge. During this first visit, one of our experienced kid’s dentists will examine your child’s teeth, looking for signs of decay and issues affecting the jaw, gums and oral tissues. This first visit may seem a bit intimidating to your little one, but we take great care to make this a positive experience for your child. You may want to help make your child’s first dental visit pleasant by offering your child a tooth-friendly treat after the appointment.
What Happens During a Child’s First Dental Exam?
A first trip to the dentist is a momentous occasion. Once your child is comfortable, our dentist will examine your child’s teeth and make a pediatric periodontics assessment that evaluates your child’s tooth support structures such as the gums and supporting bone. We may take x-rays of your child’s teeth if they’re necessary for diagnosing issues such as decay and developmental problems. Next, a dental cleaning for kids removes built-up plaque and bacteria from your child’s teeth to prevent decay and disease.
The information gathered during this first exam helps our dentist develop a treatment plan that specifically addresses your child’s needs. Once the exam itself is complete, we’ll discuss our findings and offer tips for helping your child develop healthy dental habits. We’ll also demonstrate the proper ways of cleaning teeth for kids so you and your child feel confident about caring for their teeth.
Our dentists are pretty passionate about making sure you have the latest information about childhood dental development, so we welcome your questions. If you have concerns about teething, pacifier use, thumb-sucking or other child habits, this is a terrific time to talk with our dentist about those issues.
Rest assured that we’ll provide you with a price estimate for any recommended treatment so you always know your expected cost of a pediatric dental visit. We also can work with your dental insurance provider to decrease potential costs.
Where Can I Find a Dentist for My Special Needs Child?
If you’ve been searching for a dentist for special needs kids, give us a call. Our dentists are highly trained in behavior management and sedation techniques that can help special needs kids feel comfortable while in our office. For more information, speak with one of our experienced staff members about the personalized programs we offer for special needs children.