Our Office is a Great Place for Kids and Teens
Enjoying a healthy smile as an adult starts with developing the right oral hygiene habits from a young age. At Smile! Dental Center, we work closely with kids and adolescents to help them establish good habits that will protect their smile well into adulthood.
What is Pediatric Dentistry?
Pediatric dentistry is the practice of providing dental care to patients from infancy through the age of adolescence. Younger patients require an experienced dentist who knows how to treat developing smiles. Beyond that, most kids don’t like having their teeth cleaned, so pediatric dentists need to be friendly and relaxed in order to help ease anxiety and discomfort in their young patients. This will prevent your child from neglecting their teeth in the future and jeopardizing their health.
When Should Kids Have Their First Appointment?
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, kids should visit a dentist when their first tooth develops, usually between 6 months to a year from their birth. It’s essential to take your child to the dentist no later than their first birthday to help prevent future health problems.
We encourage you to bring your child with you for dental appointments so they’ll get used to the environment and start to feel comfortable in our office. Dr. Foust and the rest of our team maintain a pleasant, easygoing demeanor to help kids view their dental visits as a positive experience.
What Services Does a Pediatric Dentist Provide?
We have two primary goals when working with our younger patients:
- Providing top notch-dental care
- Teaching them how to properly care for their teeth
When you visit our Gibsonia office, we’ll start by giving your child a thorough oral examination and teeth cleaning. If any issues are detected, we’ll discuss treatment options that can prevent further damage — depending on the child’s age and health, these can range from sealants to porcelain crowns.
At Smile! Dental Center, we believe that educating young people about oral hygiene is extremely important. If you take good care of your teeth as a child, the odds of developing problems such as tooth decay later on are greatly reduced. Dr. Foust and his team will work together to protect and maintain your child’s smile.
Contact Smile! Dental Center Today
Dr. Foust and our team of Gibsonia dentists are fully dedicated to protecting your child’s smile. Rest assured, we’ll provide quality pediatric care that will set them up for long-term health and success. Contact us today and schedule a consultation — we look forward to meeting you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are baby teeth really that important to my child?
At Smile! Dental Center, we focus on prevention to clear up any issues before they become problematic, especially when it comes to tooth decay. If your child has persistent tooth pain and you notice discoloration or a small pit, they may have a cavity.
We recommend contacting our office right away by calling (724) 502-4221. We’ll be sure to restore their health and discuss ways to prevent cavities in the future.
How can I prevent my children from getting cavities?
Children need guidance until they develop the motor skills needed to carry out their routine on their own. Other ways you can prevent cavities include:
- Use oral care products that contain fluoride
- Avoid frequent snacking
- Avoid acidic and sugary foods
- Consider dental sealants
- Eat tooth-healthy foods
In addition to the above tips, you’ll want to visit our Gibsonia office biannually for checkups and professional cleanings. During these visits, we’ll remove any plaque and tartar to leave your child’s smile healthy and feeling good.
How do dental sealants work?
It’s a simple, painless procedure that only takes a few minutes:
- Teeth will be thoroughly cleaned and dried
- An acidic solution is applied to improve the strength of the bond
- Teeth are rinsed and dried
- The clear-coated dental sealants are applied
If your child’s sealants fall off, their teeth will no longer be protected against decay. It’s important to contact our office right away to schedule an appointment by calling (724) 502-4221. During the appointment, our dentists will examine your child’s oral health and may recommend new sealants or determine if they’re no longer needed.
How can I get my kids to brush their teeth?
Oftentimes, kids want to mimic your behavior. Or you can try to make it into a game. If you’re still having difficulty getting them to brush their teeth, ask one of our team members and we’ll be happy to offer some friendly advice.