Parents are welcome back to accompany their child during most dental visits, excluding sedations (this is solely for your child's safety).
Pediatric dentists are trained specialists who solely work with children from ages 6 months up to 18 years old. The specialty focuses on comprehensive dental and oral health and preventative care to aid in the proper eruption and exfoliation of primary and permanent teeth. Pediatric dentists attend a 2 year specialty post-doctorate program that prepares them with tips and tricks to help children feel safe and comfortable while receiving optimal dental treatment. With training in BLS, PALS, and sedation, they are the best trained individuals to assist your child with their oral health.
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that each child establishes a dental home by their 1st birthday or when the first tooth erupts (~6 months of age). This allows for proper guidance in oral hygiene techniques, dietary counceling, and anticipatory guidance in trauma, prevention, and oral health.
Children typically start to have their first wiggly tooth around the age of 6 and this process continues up to 12 years of age. The sequence in which each tooth exfoliates and erupts is important to maintain proper space for the permanent teeth. In addition, untreated infection in the baby teeth can lead to developmental defects in the permanent teeth as well as systemic health issues for your child. No need to worry though; we are here to help with all of that!
Grinding is a normal response to a developing child's mouth. As children grow every day and the dentition is constantly changing, grinding can often occur on and off as a response to these adjustments. There's no need to worry! This is monitored at each recall and re-evaluated once all permanent dentition has erupted.
As Pediatric dentists, we are trained to monitor the growth and development of child's dentition and skeletal facial structures. Orthodontic consultations are recommended on an individual basis. The doctor will explain why orthodontic treatment may or may not be recommended at a certain time.
We offer nitrous oxide/oxygen inhalation and sedation in our office. These behavioral management techniques are utilized if needed to relieve pain and anxiety and allow the safe completion of required dental treatment. Your child's safety is of utmost importance at our office.