The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that you bring your baby in for their first appointment as soon as their first tooth appears or around their first birthday, whichever comes first. Here at The Woodlands Dental Group in The Woodlands, Texas, David Epstein, DDS, and Nikita Vakil, DMD, offer comprehensive family dental care for everyone in your family, including the littlest members.
If your little one’s first tooth has erupted, you might wonder what services are included in pediatric dental care. Drs. Epstein and Vakil have created this guide to answer your questions and cover the ins and outs of pediatric dental care.
What’s included in pediatric dental care?
Just like adults, children need regular dental exams. Even though they’ll lose their baby teeth eventually, it’s important to keep them as healthy as possible. Your child’s baby teeth play a big role in chewing, speaking clearly, and laying the groundwork for their permanent teeth to come in.
Here are a few common services included in pediatric dental care:
Dental exams and cleanings are one of the most important parts of pediatric dental care. During a cleaning, your child’s gums and teeth are inspected for any signs of decay. Dental cleanings include:
- Counting teeth (for babies) and ensuring milestones are hit
- Cleaning teeth and removing plaque
- Fluoride treatments
- An inspection of your child’s gums, tongue, cheeks, and teeth
During the cleaning, you’ll also have an opportunity to ask questions and address any concerns you may have. We can:
- Demonstrate how to brush your baby’s teeth
- Help you choose the right toothpaste for your baby
- Share information about healthy oral habits for your baby
We can also monitor to make sure your child is getting enough fluoride.
In addition to dental cleanings, sealants are another common pediatric dental service. Sealants are thin coatings that cover your child’s molars. These coatings can help seal out bacteria and reduce the risk of cavities.
Fillings and X-rays
Dental X-rays are a part of pediatric care because they can reveal the presence of cavities and provide important details about your child’s emerging adult teeth. If your child has a cavity, we can fill it.
Pediatric dental care also includes fitting your child for a custom mouthguard if they need one.
If they participate in athletic events, such as soccer, basketball, or gymnastics, a mouthguard will help reduce their risk for tooth fractures, knocked-out teeth, and mouth lacerations.
If you have questions about your child’s oral health, don’t hesitate to give us a shout. As family dentists, it’s our mission to support your family’s oral care needs from infancy and on. To learn more, book an appointment over the phone with The Woodlands Dental Group today.