Pediatric Dentistry – Dentists for Children

Did you know that children should start seeing a dentist by their first birthday? Not only can the dentist make sure your child’s mouth is healthy, but kids can also learn to be comfortable at the dentist, which encourages a better attitude toward oral health.

When it comes to choosing the best dentist for kids, it is best to find pediatric dentists who specialize in caring for the youngest patients. Pediatric dental clinics tend to feature kid-friendly aesthetics and  practices that make kids comfortable and encourage them to enjoy their regular check-ups and teeth cleanings.

In this video, hygienist Lara from our Pinnacle Park office in DFW explains how we care for our youngest patients.

It takes a special person to work with children, especially when it comes to their dental needs. Pediatric dentists specialize in working with children to make sure their mouths are healthy and their teeth are coming in properly.

At Jefferson Dental & Orthodontics, we take extra care with our youngest patients so that they learn good oral health habits early. Our pediatric dentists received two or three years of extra training to work with our youngest patients. This training includes some education on child psychology so that they can better understand how children think and feel.

A child should first visit a dentist between the ages of six months and one year. That’s because primary teeth are extremely important for chewing, talking, and preparing for adult teeth to come in. Starting dental care for children early is a critical part of their overall health.

Can a Toddler Go to a Regular Dentist?

You can certainly take your child to the same dentist you see, but you may want to make sure that they are comfortable treating children. However, pediatric dentists generally have extra training to handle children’s dentistry and may provide your child with a better overall experience.

Should I Take My School-Aged Children to a Pediatric Dentist or a Regular Dentist?

It’s up to you. As with toddlers, regular dentists can handle oral health issues, but they may not be as comfortable working with children. Additionally, pediatric dental clinics are usually geared toward making the experience fun and comfortable for kids of all ages. You may even find some fun seasonal events and activities, like back-to-school dental tips and tricks.

Aside from orthodontics, extractions, fillings, and sealants are the most common pediatric dental procedures because pediatric tooth decay remains a problem for children.

Why are My Toddler’s Teeth Decaying?

Unfortunately, childhood tooth decay remains the top chronic illness for kids in America. It’s more common than asthma and hay fever! Of course, that doesn’t make it any easier to hear that your child has tooth decay.

Tooth decay occurs in children for many reasons, including diet, a water source containing little or no fluoride, and poor oral hygiene. That’s why it is so important to see a dentist regularly, especially for children. Pediatric dentists can watch for early signs of decay and educate your family on ways to prevent future issues, including a good oral care routine.

What Will a Dentist Do For Toddler Tooth Decay?

The treatment for your child would depend on the tooth’s condition. It may require the removal of the damaged tissue and then a filling. For more severe cases, it may require more extensive repairs that could take multiple visits.

Pediatric dental visits cost a little less than adult visits, with a professional cleaning costing between $80 and $100 on average. Dental insurance can cover some or all of your child’s dental costs.

If you don’t have dental coverage, Jefferson Dental & Orthodontics offers flexible financing options and a Dental Savings Plan that can make pediatric dental care affordable!

At Jefferson Dental & Orthodontics, we provide children with the same high-quality dental care that adults receive. We even have special play areas and kid-friendly treatment rooms to make our youngest patients feel more comfortable.

Our teams provide thorough, professional exams every time, and we take special care to make sure every visit is comfortable and hassle-free. We’ll attend to any immediate issues, including dental emergencies.

You can count on us to answer all of your questions so that you can make informed health decisions and keep your mouth healthy. We will even explain the details in your preferred language.