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Pediatric Dentistry

Why a pediatric dentist is a good choice for your child.

Pediatric dentistry is the specialty of dentistry that focuses on the oral health of young people. After completing a four-year undergraduate program and a four-year dental school curriculum, two to three additional years of rigorous training are required to become a pediatric dentist. This specialized program of study and hands-on experience prepares pediatric dentists to meet the needs of infants, children and adolescents, including persons with special health care needs.

We know our parents are very busy and that it why you will love learning that we cater to your child by offering specialized dentistry for kids as well as orthodontics at one convenient location! We are experts in dentistry for children and we are committed to helping children and teenagers achieve their best oral health. We provide premium dental care for infants, children and adolescents. Our goal is to create a family-oriented, fun-filled environment where everyone feels at home while providing the highest level of care. Using proven state-of-the-art technology to enhance your experience, we maintain the most advanced procedures and equipment available to ensure that every patient achieves a healthy and beautiful smile.

Regular dental visits help your child stay cavity-free. Teeth cleanings remove debris that build up on the teeth, irritate the gums and cause decay. Fluoride treatments renew the fluoride content in the enamel, strengthening teeth and preventing cavities. Hygiene instructions improve your child’s brushing and flossing, leading to cleaner teeth and healthier gums.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a dental check-up at least twice a year for most children. Some children need more frequent dental visits because of increased risk of tooth decay, unusual growth patterns or poor oral hygiene. Our pediatric specialist, acting in accordance with the guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, will recommend X-rays only when necessary to protect your child’s dental health. For example, X-rays may be needed to diagnose tooth decay or abnormalities. X-rays may also be required for orthodontic treatment. Our pediatric specialist will discuss the need for X-rays before any are taken.

How can I help my child enjoy good dental health?

The following steps will help your child be part of the cavity-free generation:

  1. Beware of frequent snacking
  2. Brush effectively twice a day with fluoride toothpaste as soon as the first tooth erupts (A smear amount for children under 3 years old; a pea-sized amount for children 3-6 years old)
  3. Floss once a day
  4. Have sealants applied when appropriate
  5. Seek regular dental check-ups
  6. Assure proper fluoride through drinking water, fluoride products or fluoride supplements