The Value of Baby Teeth
Why do baby teeth matter? For starters, a healthy, beautiful smile can help your child feel more confident about facing the world and interacting with their peers. Strong teeth also make it easier for your child to enjoy healthy foods and speak clearly. The primary teeth also help to establish the positioning of the permanent teeth. When baby teeth are lost too soon, the alignment of the adult teeth can be compromised. Finally, caring for baby teeth lets kids develop excellent dental hygiene habits that will benefit them throughout their lifetime.
Preparing for a Visit to a Pediatric Dentist
Most children have the bulk of their baby teeth by age 3, so that’s when regular trips to a kids dentist are recommended. How can you get your child ready for their first visit? Talk to them about teeth, how to care for them and what a pediatric dentist does. Show them their teeth in a mirror and help them practice brushing. Read books about visiting the dentist and share your own good experiences. Let your positive attitude set the tone.
Pediatric Dentistry Services
At Wekiva Dental, we delight in nurturing friendly, long-term relationships with the entire family. That’s why we offer a variety of pediatric dentistry services for children ages 3 and up.
Cleanings and Prevention
By having pediatric dental checkups every six months allow the dentist to monitor your child’s teeth and gums. This means that any problems can be identified and addressed without delay. Professional cleanings during these visits help remove plaque and stains, preventing tooth decay. Checkups also provide a chance to teach proper brushing and dental hygiene.
Sometimes, decay or damage to baby teeth compromises the integrity of that tooth. A filling can restore its structure and functionality and prevent further discomfort or damage. We use tooth-colored fillings that are practically invisible.
Sometimes, a baby tooth has to come out. Whether it’s because a molar is damaged beyond repair or a baby tooth is lingering too long, an extraction can reduce discomfort and make way for an effective solution to a dental dilemma. We make patient comfort a priority before, during and after the procedure.
Would you like to reduce your child’s risk of developing cavities? Sealants are thin layers of resin-based material that are bonded to the chewing surfaces of teeth. They shield hard-to-clean areas by sealing out food and bacteria. When properly applied and maintained, they can cut cavities rates by 80 percent.
Dental emergencies can be scary, especially when a child is involved. When you need the services of an emergency pediatric dentist, call us. Whether it’s getting an appointment with us fast or visiting an emergency dental clinic, our knowledgeable staff will help you determine what your next step should be.
Trust your smile to Wekiva Dental. We’re pleased to offer pediatric dentistry and family dentistry services in the Orlando area. Contact us today at 407-869-7333 to schedule an appointment.