Taking care of children’s teeth requires a special set of skills, as the care they receive while young can affect them for years to come. Here at Old Alabama Dental Care, we have been successfully treating children who live in Alpharetta, Roswell, Johns Creek, Duluth, and North Atlanta, Georgia since 1985.
Pediatric dentistry is an important part of any family practice. Parents want to feel good about the dental care their children receive, and at Old Alabama Dental Care, earning the confidence of parents is taken very seriously.
Importance of Dental Care for Children
The Surgeon General and the Center for Disease Control both recognize tooth decay as being one of the conditions that most often affect children. Children may not brush and floss as they should, thereby causing plaque to build up on the teeth and result in cavities. When cavities are left untreated, this can lead to pain that could affect the child’s eating and sleeping habits as well.
Early dental visits can help acclimate children to a dental office, making them less likely to fear the dentist as they grow older. As such, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends the first dental visit be at around one year of age.
What to Expect
Parents are encouraged to remain with their child during the initial visit; however, after that time, children tend to respond better to our dental professionals when parents remain in the reception room. During a child’s first dental visit, a physical examination of the mouth will take place and X-rays will be performed if necessary. Any teeth that have already erupted may be polished with special toothpaste.
Children are encouraged to come back for routine visits every six months or more often if problems are detected. As children mature, a dental hygienist will become more thorough with the type of cleaning that’s performed. Most children can expect to undergo a complete dental cleaning at around age three.
Common Pediatric Dental Treatments
Sealants: Added to the top surface of certain teeth in an effort to prevent plaque from building up on them. These are used in an effort to prevent future tooth decay.
Fluoride Treatments: A gel-like substance is placed inside a plastic tray which is then placed over the teeth for around a minute.
Space Maintainers: Used to hold space open for teeth that have not yet developed. Needed whenever a tooth has been prematurely lost due to damage or decay.
Interceptive Orthodontic Care: This involves keeping an eye on teeth as they break through in order to determine a possible malocclusion. When caught early, interceptive orthodontic care can prevent the need for extensive treatments later on.
The right dental care changes dramatically from infant stages through adulthood. Patients of Old Alabama Dental Care will be glad to know that we have been helping patients in all stages of life meet their dental needs since 1985.
Parents in Alpharetta, Roswell, Johns Creek, Duluth, and North Atlanta, Georgia can be reassured by the fact that Dr. Gary Taylor is experienced in pediatric dentistry. For an appointment, call[RS_phone format_type=”1″].