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It’s just as important for your child to have regular dental visits as it is for your child to have regular visits to the pediatrician. Establishing good oral health practices at an early age will help your child maintain lifelong habits. All of our dentists in Florida can provide dental care for your child but some of them specialize in pediatric dentistry. A pediatric dentist has completed dental school but has also completed a minimum of two additional years in pediatric dentistry.

Each children’s dentist at our office in Florida will ensure that both you and your child are comfortable during your visit and they’ll provide you with helpful ways to encourage good oral health habits in your child. Our dental office in Florida is dedicated to providing our young patients with the best dentistry for children possible and making you feel part of our family of dental care patients. If you’ve been searching for a “children’s dentist near me” you don’t need to search any longer. Call our office in Florida to schedule an appointment with a friendly and dedicated children’s dentist.

When Should My Child Start Going to the Dentist?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children begin dental visits when their first tooth has fully erupted or not later than the age of one year old. A cavity can begin as soon as the child has a tooth and decay can begin as soon as two teeth abut, so learning to floss at an early age is an essential part of good oral health for your child. Baby bottle tooth decay can be a serious issue with children and it’s becoming more prevalent. Putting a child to bed with a bottle or sippy cup allows milk or juice to sit on the teeth overnight and this can lead to cavities and decay due to the acid and sugar contained in both milk and juice. You should never let your child go to bed with a bottle or sippy cup. If you do, the bottle or sippy cup should contain only plain water. If you have additional questions about this topic or any other of our kids dental care procedures, please contact us today.

What Should I Expect During My Child’s Appointment?

During your initial appointment at our office in Florida, your children’s dentist will examine your child’s jaw alignment and teeth to see if there are problems. We’ll take x-rays if necessary but children don’t usually require x-rays. The examination can be conducted while the child is sitting on your lap or seated in the dental chair, whichever will make you and your child more comfortable.

What Dental Services Do You Offer for Kids?

We offer comprehensive dental services for children, and we will do our utmost to maintain your child’s beautiful smile. Some examples of our dentistry for kids procedures include:

  • Dental cleaning: Our children’s dentists and hygienists are experts at getting your child to open wide so that their teeth can be cleaned.
  • Dental bonding: If your child has chipped or cracked teeth, we can apply a tooth-colored material to repair minor damage to the affected area.
  • Dental sealant: Your child’s dentist can apply a protective sealant to the teeth so that decay will be less likely to start.
  • Baby root canal: If your child has a cavity that’s reached the root, we can perform a baby root canal which may be the only way to save the tooth.
  • Childrens’ crowns: If your child has a large cavity that’s too big for a filling, we can make a dental crown to save the tooth.
  • Tooth fillings: If your child needs a filling due to a cavity or other damage, your pediatric dentist can safely and comfortably install a filling.
  • Mouthguards: If your child is participating in athletics, the American Dental Association recommends that a mouthguard be worn. A mouthguard can prevent damage such as having a tooth broken or knocked out. We can fit your child with a custom mouthguard so that these things will be less likely to happen.

When Do Baby Teeth Come In?

Children can begin to teethe when they’re as young as four months old, but baby teeth don’t usually appear until the child is at least six months old. The bottom two front teeth are usually the first ones to appear but your pediatric dentist in Florida can be more specific. The onset of teething will vary with each child.

When Do Baby Teeth Fall Out?

Baby teeth usually fall out in the order in which they appeared and may begin as early as 5 or 6 years old. Teeth eruption is unique to each child but your dentist in Florida will be able to give you more information after they have completed an exam of your child’s mouth.

What Causes Toothaches in Kids?

A toothache in a child is often caused by a cavity, but there can be other causes. If your child is experiencing a chronic toothache, be sure to call our offices in Florida  to schedule an appointment and your kids dentist will examine the area and recommend a course of treatment.

If you’re looking for a children’s dentist in Florida, our pediatric dentists are experienced and gentle so call us today. We look forward to hearing from you.

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