Dental appointments for children are important not only to evaluate tooth and gum health, but also to educate your child on how to prevent dental problems and maintain a healthy smile. Preventive dentistry for children is concerned with brushing, flossing, fluoride, dental development, oral habits, parental involvement, proper diet, orthodontics, sealants, and sports safety.
Dental Health Associates, P.A. has several dentists who specialize in pediatric dentistry. Your child’s pediatric dentist will monitor their dental development. At about age four, your child will have their first dental x-rays which are taken to check for cavities that can start between your child’s teeth and which are not possible to see with a visual exam. Don’t worry… We use digital x-rays, a great improvement on film x-rays of the past as they emit up to 90% less radiation … the same as eating 2 bananas a day.
During A Checkup, We Will Evaluate:
- Loose teeth
- Gum health
- Fluoride use
- Mouth sores
- Bite problems
- Tongue & speech
- Diet & health history
- Home care & prevention
- How many teeth are/should be present.
We will also speak with you about how to care for your child’s teeth and answer any questions you may have. Your involvement is an integral part of your child’s home care prevention program, as young children do not have the manual dexterity to brush and floss their own teeth. If you have an infant or toddler and you have questions about issues like teething or thumb sucking, we will be glad to address your concerns.
Your child’s dentist will continue making and altering fluoride recommendations as your child gets older. It is important that parents ensure their child takes fluoride supplements, if prescribed, as they provide protection for, and strengthen, the enamel of your child’s developing permanent teeth.
Special Needs Patients
An integral part of our practice is concerned with the medical and dental health of patients with special needs. Children (and adults) with significant medical, physical, or mental disabilities often present with unique needs. Because of this, our dentists provide a variety of treatment approaches, and the method selected is based on the specific health care needs of your child and through an inclusive consultation with your child (when able) and with parents or guardians. Our dentists are trained to allow us to address special needs and provide the best care possible.
To schedule your child’s dental exam and cleaning, call Dental Health Associates, P.A. for a pediatric dentist in your area. We have 10 New Jersey locations with convenient hours to fit your busy schedule. Call today!