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Children’s Dentistry

For a Healthy Smile Throughout Life, Get an Early Start

Children smiling down at cameraChildren grow up too fast! They start out wiggling across the floor and before you know it, they’re out the door. One day you’re surprised to see their first tooth and the next they’re smiling back at you as they grab the car keys and head for a friend’s house. To make sure that sweet smile is always healthy, your kids need proper children’s dentistry in Lansdale. The dentists and their team at Brookwood Dental Associates offer services designed especially for children from infancy through the teen years, because a foundation of good oral healthcare at a young age can be the key to a lifetime of healthy smiles.

When Should My Child Visit the Dentist?

Boy smiling in mirror

Children need to see the dentist regularly just like mom and dad. Their first visit should be scheduled by the time they are a year old. After that, they will need dental checkups every six months. Just because primary teeth are all lost at some point doesn’t mean they don’t need proper dental care in the meantime. Baby teeth allow your child to speak and eat, and they are important placeholders for their permanent teeth.

What to Expect During My Child’s First Visit?

Brushing teeth

Our main objective during your child’s first time in the office is to make sure they are happy and at ease. The dentist will examine their teeth for signs of decay and may order a digital X-ray in order to see how their teeth and oral structures are developing.

Special dental instruments will be used to clean their teeth, and we’ll talk with you about ways you can ensure good oral hygiene habits at home. If you have any concerns, please feel free to discuss them with the dentist.

Kid-Friendly Dental Care

Children’s teeth are obviously different than adult teeth. They have special oral health needs that change as they grow. Tooth decay is a daily battle, so we offer preventive treatments that include:

Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are a physical barrier between teeth and the oral bacteria that can lead to cavities. A liquid plastic coating is applied to molars—these teeth are most susceptible to decay. Once hardened, dental sealants dramatically reduce the risk of cavity development.

Fluoride

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that has been shown to help strengthen enamel and fortify spots where it is weakened. With fluoride, teeth are better able to fight the onslaught of bacteria and acids that lead to decay. Fluoride applications at the dentist are a great supplement to the daily use of fluoride toothpaste.

At-Home Tips for Oral Health

As your partners in keeping your children’s smiles healthy, the dentists at Brookwood Dental Associates have a few ideas for oral health care at home.

Children’s Dentistry FAQs

Being a parent doesn’t come with a guidebook, so it’s natural to have questions about how to care for your son or daughter’s growing smile. For your convenience, we’ve gathered some of the most common questions we get about children’s dental care below. If you don’t see the answer you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to call us and we’ll be more than happy to help!

How Can I Prepare My Child for Their First Dental Appointment?

While your child’s first dental appointment will include X-rays and a dental examination, the main goal is to help familiarize them with all the new sights, sounds, and friendly faces they’ll encounter at our practice. You can help get your little one ready to meet their Brookwood children’s dentist by:

Does Thumb-Sucking Influence My Child’s Oral Development?

Thumb-sucking is a common natural reflex for young children. However, continuing this habit for too long can cause issues like crooked teeth, bite misalignment, and jaw development issues. While children typically stop sucking their thumbs by the age of four, it’s important that they’ve grown out of this habit by the time they’re six years old, when their permanent teeth begin to come in. We’ll keep a close eye on their oral development as you bring them in for their biannual checkups and will be happy to help you assist your little one in breaking this bad habit if needed.

What Should I Do If My Child Knocks Out a Baby Tooth Unexpectedly?

Many times, a baby tooth falls out after several days of wobbly anticipation. However, your son or daughter may suddenly have a baby tooth knocked out unexpectedly while playing with friends or taking a tumble. Even though baby teeth are meant to come out eventually, you should call us right away if one falls out suddenly. If it was close to coming out on its own, we may not have to do anything. However, if it was knocked out prematurely, we may recommend placing a space saver to prevent the surrounding teeth from shifting into the gap and trapping the permanent tooth underneath.

Do Cavities In Baby Teeth Really Need to Be Treated?

Even though your son or daughter’s baby teeth aren’t a permanent fixture in their smile, it’s still essential to take care of them. In fact, primary teeth often need specialized treatments like sealants and fluoride applications to help protect them from cavities. Leaving tooth decay untreated will quickly expose the sensitive inner layers of your child’s teeth. Not only is this incredibly uncomfortable, but it leaves your little one’s smile vulnerable to serious dental infections that can cause permanent, expensive damage. Bringing your child in for their routine checkups and cleanings every six months allows your Brookwood dentist to spot and stop cavities in their earliest stages.

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