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Pediatric Dentistry

Dentistry for Children

If you need a pediatric dentist, call SmileCare today. Our pediatric dentists specialize in diagnosing and treating youngsters from infancy through adolescence. We recognize that children at different ages have different dental needs and we are ready to help them create a lifetime of healthy habits.

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What is a Pediatric Dentist?

A pediatric dentist, also called a kids dentist or a childrens dentist, has at least two additional years of specialized training after dental school in order to diagnose and treat children. Toddlers, pre-teens, teenagers and children with special needs all require different approaches to their dental care. Our team members are well-trained, highly-skilled, and carefully-chosen because they care about kids and want to keep them happy and healthy.

Our pediatric dental care services include:

  • Exams and cleanings
  • Fillings and sealants
  • Extractions
  • “Baby” root canals
  • Cosmetic white crowns
  • Space maintainers
  • Fluoride, also called “nature’s cavity fighter”

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Dental Care for Infants: 1st Visit by 1st Birthday

If your baby is trying to bite, chew, and suck on everything, then your child may be teething and it’s time to take your infant to a pediatric dentist. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends parents schedule their child’s first dental appointment before the child’s first birthday.

Dental Care for Toddlers and Young Children

Kids - Toddlers imageStarting at age 2, you should use a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and a pea-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste to brush your child’s teeth twice a day. You should continue to brush your child’s teeth until they are six years old or have the dexterity to tie his or her shoelaces.

Call today for an appointment with a pediatric dentist. Our pediatric dentist will examine your child to ensure the teeth are coming in correctly and check for early problems with jaw growth. Plus, we’ll give you tips on how to care for your child’s baby teeth. By taking your child to the pediatric dentist, you can help prevent potential problems later.

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Dental Care for Pre-Teens and Teenagers

Half of children ages 12 to 15 have cavities on permanent teeth, and two-thirds of teenagers ages 16 to 19 have decay, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study released in March 2015. In fact, tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children age 5-17, according to the CDC.

Teens - Tween imageAt SmileCare, we believe regular check-ups, cleanings, education, and positive reinforcement are the best tools for preventing cavities and painful toothaches. Naturally, pre-teens and teens are going to forget to brush and floss from time to time and, as a parent, you try to look for signs that your child might not be taking proper care of their teeth: dry toothbrushes before bed, bad breath, red swollen gums, and obvious food particles. But sometimes these signals simply go unnoticed. Having your child’s teeth professionally cleaned and evaluated by one of our pediatric dentists can greatly decrease the likelihood of cavities, gum disease, and more serious problems.

Braces and Orthodontic Care

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children have their first orthodontic consultation by age 7 to spot any problems with developing teeth. At SmileCare, we encourage you to make an appointment with one of our specialists to discover how braces may improve the dental health of your child by repositioning the teeth to correct problems such as crowding, crossbite, open bite, protruding teeth, teeth that erupted in the wrong place, gaps between teeth, and jaw misalignment. Early treatment can save time and money later on.

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