Children’s Dentistry, also known as pediatric dentistry, is a field of dentistry that focuses entirely on the oral health of children.
Children’s dentistry, also known as pediatric dentistry, is a field of dentistry that focuses entirely on the oral health of children. This usually includes children between the ages of 1-11 years old.
Even though it may feel a little early, it is important to get your child into see us around their first birthday. Even if they are still teething, it is extremely important for Northside Dental to have a look at their teeth, and the development of their teeth and gums.
The caring and patient staff at Northside Dental share one philosophy and that is to treat you as a person first, as a patient second. We prioritize your time, your lifestyle, comfort, anxiety level, and budget. We will work together with you and your child in developing and implementing their personalized dental treatment plan. We consider ourselves part of your family’s team in your overall health program. Call us today at 317-848-9838 to schedule your appointment or stop in and say hi at 15026 Greyhound Ct. Carmel, IN 46032.
Your child’s health can be the most important thing in the world to you. You want your child to grow up healthy, and safe. You also want to make sure that they have a healthy smile, and experience as little discomfort as possible. Because of these factors, you will want to make sure that your child gets the absolute best dental care possible. What better reason to see your dental family at Northside Dental.
Checkups and Cleanings for Children
Just like with adults, children need to visit Northside Dental for routine children’s dentistry services, such as checkups and cleanings. These cleanings should be every six months. These pediatric dental services will help to ensure that your child avoids cavities, tooth decay and gum disease. Just like with any adult, we will remove plaque and debris from your child’s teeth. We will also give your child an oral exam, to ensure their teeth are coming in correctly. When your child is older, we will make sure that their adult teeth are coming in properly.
Oral exams are an extremely important part of children’s dentistry, so it is important to make sure that they do not miss any cleanings. If you miss an appointment it may result in a small cavity quickly developing which at the next appointment will require more severe repairs, which is then an aspect of children’s dentistry that can be difficult for any child to undergo.
Cavity Repair for you Child
Even though you feel you are diligent about your child’s at-home oral hygiene, cavities are still common amongst children. Your child’s baby teeth are not as strong as their adult teeth, so they are softer and more susceptible to cavities. Just like with adults, these cavities require fillings. These filings may be made with silver, amalgam, or composite fillings.
Some Tips for Avoiding Tooth Decay
As a parent, by exercising some early steps you can help to guard your child against tooth decay, even before their first visit to Northside Dental:
- You should always flush your baby’s teeth with water or wipe them down with a damp cloth after feeding, especially before they fall asleep. Milk or formula residue left in the infant’s mouth will promote decay even in the youngest patients. Untreated cavities will eventually lead to infection and pain.
- Try to wean your child from breastfeeding or bottled milk by the age of one year. This effort will help avoid decay and minimize the chance of jaw growth problems from excessive sucking.
- Begin brushing as soon as the first tooth appears. Even the smallest piece of tooth showing can develop a cavity. Start by brushing with a soft bristled brush and water and ask us when it is ok to begin using a small amount of toothpaste.
- Once your child is old enough to begin brushing on their own, continue to monitor their brushing, going back to clean any areas they may have missed.
- Do not give them bottles of sugary drinks or milk before their bedtime.
- Use a straw with sugary beverages to allow the teeth to have less contact with the liquid.
- Try to limit the overall sugary foods your child eats and drinks.
Finding A Pediatric Dentist
A major aspect of children’s dentistry is finding the right dentist for both you and your child. You will want to make sure that you find a dental practice that is not only qualified to perform children’s dentistry, but also does so regularly. Make sure the pediatric dentist that you choose is good with children and is friendly. Going to the dentist for children’s dentistry services is already stressful for children, so it is important to find a dentist that can ensure your child’s comfort throughout the experience.
While you may decide to go with a purely pediatric dentist for your child’s children’s dentistry services, another option is a family dentist. Northside Dental will treat your child from childhood to well into adulthood. One of the advantages of having a family dentist is your child’s ability to keep the same dentist past their childhood and into their teen and adult years. They can continue to visit us, someone that they know and trust.
Our goal is for your children to leave our office knowing that our staff are their friends who will help them reach the best oral health possible. We do that by treating all our young patients with respect, patience, and kindness. All dental procedures are explained in an age-appropriate manner, and we take the time to answer all questions they ask. By building trust in this way, we help set your child on the path to a lifetime of good oral health!
Your Comfort and Your Care
Preventive care for your child is part of the Northside Dental difference. We understand how inconvenient and even difficult it might be for your family to see the dentist. That is why we do our best to schedule your appointments when it is most convenient for you and your family. Our team will work efficiently to ensure your appointment goes both quickly and smoothly. Our team goal is to be considered your family dentist. We embrace the opportunity to help you and your children maintain your oral health. As we welcome you and your child into our clinic, we will make you feel at home. Call us today at 317-848-9838 to schedule your appointment or stop in and say hi at 15026 Greyhound Ct. Carmel, IN 46032.