At Prime Dentistry, we recognize that children have very different dental needs as compared to adults and that a positive and fulfilling experience at the dentist can set the stage for a lifetime of good dental habits and subsequently, healthy teeth and bright smiles! Your child’s first dental visit can make all the difference for their future oral health which is why our pediatric dental team is dedicated to treating children in a fun and encouraging environment.
WHY IS CHILDREN’S DENTISTRY IMPORTANT?
Your kids begin teething as early as 6 months of age and typically start losing their milk teeth by the age of 6 or 7. Because primary teeth eventually fall off, most parents do not pay heed to take care of their child’s dental health. However, these milk teeth form the foundation for developing adult teeth and should be given proper care at the proper time. Therefore, it is always advised to start taking care of your baby’s teeth even before they fully erupt.
WHAT PEDIATRIC SERVICES DO WE OFFER FOR YOUR CHILD?
- Dental examinations
We strongly recommend all parents to take their kids for their first dental visit by their first birthday or as soon as their first tooth erupts, whichever comes first. Oral examinations are the first step towards good oral health. During these important visits, our expert pediatric dentists will perform a thorough dental examination in order to identify and diagnose any conditions.
A comprehensive examination for children typically includes:
- A thorough examination of the teeth, gums, tongue, cheeks, and other oral structures including the jaw, mouth, and head and neck regions.
- Evaluation of the overall health including nutrition and dietary habits to assess the risk of tooth decay.
- Easy-to-grasp guidance on proper oral hygiene habits with your child, including proper brushing, flossing, and general oral hygiene techniques.
- A discussion with the parent summarizing the best ways to improve your child’s oral health, including instructions for at-home oral hygiene habits, and nutritional diet tips.
- Evaluation of any growth or anomaly in the mouth and head and neck region, or any injuries caused by finger-sucking habits and guidance on how to break said habits.
- Regular cleaning and fluoride treatment
One of the most important aspects of oral prophylaxis for kids is regular teeth cleaning. Gentle cleaning of teeth and gums is recommended every 6 months to prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar on your children’s fragile teeth. This procedure includes using an electric prophy brush with a special toothpaste to scrub off any gunk. For older kids, we use an ultrasonic scaler to stealthily remove tartar.
Following the dental cleaning, a fluoride varnish application gel is painted on the surfaces of the teeth to strengthen the enamel and prevent the risk of tooth decay. In cases where we use fluoride foam, the child will be advised to avoid eating for at least 30 minutes.
- Digital Xrays
At Prime Dentistry, we value the safety of our patients, especially our younger patients. For this purpose, we make use of digital X-rays to evaluate the oral conditions of your child and to detect any anomalies like dental cavities, tooth fractures, and to determine the need for future orthodontic treatment. We may also use digital X-rays to assess the growth and development of your child’s erupting teeth.
Since the exposure to radiation from a digital X-ray is almost negligible, we recommend all parents bring in their kids for their routine X-rays as early as possible. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends radiographs and exams every six months for children with a higher risk for developing tooth decay. On average, however, you can seek dental X-rays for your child at least once a year.
- Dental sealants
Did you know that 4 out of 5 cavities occur in the rear teeth? In order to protect the stunning smiles of your children, our dental professionals in Philadelphia make use of dental sealants to block the attack. Dental sealants act as a protective barrier against plaque, acids, and bacteria that popularly cause tooth decay and cavities.
- Pulp therapy
The pulp makes up the innermost living tissue of the tooth. In children, tooth decay and traumatic injury can cause damage to the pulp, often resulting in infection and inflammation. Instead of removing the entire tooth, our pediatric dental team removes the pulp and replaces it with a filler that fights bacteria from further damaging the tooth.
- Stainless steel crowns
When a baby tooth is extensively damaged or decayed, a regular filling would not be able to restore the tooth. In such cases, a stainless-steel crown is fabricated to reinforce the baby teeth until the permanent teeth come in to replace them.
- Sports guards
A properly fitted mouthguard can prevent injury to your child’s smile during a contact activity like sports. They prevent broken teeth and injuries to the cheek, tongue, face, or jaw. A properly fitted mouthguard will stay in place when your kid is wearing it, making it easy for them to talk and breathe.
- Nitrous oxide sedation
It is normal for kids to be nervous about visiting a dentist. At Prime Dentistry, we are prepared to take on fearful kids by doing activities that make them less apprehensive and more comfortable. For older kids, we offer sedation options to help your anxious child relax at our dental clinic.
Our highly trained dentists are well-equipped to handle children of all ages with gentle care and attention, providing the most comfortable treatment needed for your child’s growing body. We work closely with parents and the kids to ensure that they have a good experience in our office in North-East Philadelphia. Contact Prime Dentistry to book an appointment with the best kids doctor in the area.