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Taking your child to the dentist at an early age helps to establish a lifelong habit of good oral hygiene and regular dental care.
If you’ve been searching for a “children’s dentist near me,” get in touch with our dental professionals to learn more about our kids dental care services. All of the dentists in our Owings Mills office can provide dentistry for kids, but some have specialized in the field of pediatric dentistry and are adept at making you and your child as comfortable as possible.
Dentistry for children is different than dentistry for adults, and both our pediatric dentists and their assistants have lots of experience with children’s dental care. A pediatric dentist has completed the same dental training that a general dentist has, but has also completed a minimum of two additional years of training in the specialty field of pediatric dentistry.
When Should I Take My Child to the Dentist?
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, a child should begin regular dental checkups as soon as one tooth fully erupts from the gum. A single tooth can develop a cavity, and two adjacent teeth can accumulate decay between them, so visits to your children’s dentist are the best prevention for decay and cavities. Pediatric dentists are seeing a significant increase in the number of cases of baby bottle tooth decay, and they attribute this to the common practice of sending a child to bed with a bottle or sippy cup that contains juice, formula or milk. Those liquids remain on the teeth overnight and cause decay and cavities to form, and jeopardize the child’s teeth. Never send your child to bed with anything but clear water – no juice, formula or milk. If you have questions about this or any other kids dental issue, call our Owings Mills office at (443) 898-1240 and we’ll gladly answer your questions.
What’s the Procedure I Should Expect During My Child’s First Visit to Your Dental Office in Owings Mills?
When you and your child arrive in our office for your initial consultation, your children’s dentist in Owings Mills will examine your child’s teeth to check for issues such as alignment, cavities, decay, and so forth. Your child can remain seated on your lap or can sit in the dental chair, whichever is more comfortable for the two of you. We’ll take x-rays if they’re needed. Some of the additional dental services for kids that we provide include:
- Teeth cleaning: Our hygienist and children’s dentist are very good at getting children to feel comfortable in the dentist chair so that they can thoroughly clean their teeth.
- Crowns: If your child needs a dental filling but the area is too large, we can fabricate and install a dental crown so that the tooth is functional again.
- Fillings: If your child has a cavity, we can install either an amalgam filling or a tooth-colored filling.
- Tooth bonding: A tooth-colored material can cover minor cracks or chips in your child’s tooth and restore its appearance.
- Tooth sealant: A sealant can help fight decay by sealing the surface of the tooth. A thin layer of plastic prohibits bacteria and food particles from becoming trapped behind the teeth.
- Root canal: If your child’s tooth decay has reached the soft pulp inside of the tooth, then a root canal may be the only way to save it.
- Mouthguards: The American Dental Association recommends that any child who is involved in contact sports, such as soccer or football, wear a mouthguard. A custom-fitted mouthguard can protect your child’s teeth from severe damage. If you need a custom mouthguard for your child, call our Owings Mills office and we’ll make an appointment for you. Don’t jeopardize your child’s teeth, call a kid’s dentist today.
What Age Do Baby Teeth Usually Start to Appear?
The average age for baby teeth to start erupting is about 6 months but it can be as early as 4 months, and it can be much later, depending on the individual child.
What Age Do Baby Teeth Usually Start to Fall Out?
On average, baby teeth start to fall out around the age of 5 or 6 years, and they’ll continue to fall out for several years. Your child should have a full set of adult teeth by the time of puberty. For more information or if you have additional questions, call our Owings Mills office at (443) 898-1240 and we’ll be happy to help you.
What Causes My Child to Have So Many Toothaches?
Usually, chronic toothaches are caused by cavities or decay. If your child has recurring toothaches, then give us a call at (443) 898-1240. We’ll schedule an appointment with a children’s dentist who will examine your child’s teeth and determine the cause for the pain.
If you need a children’s dentist in Owings Mills, call us. We look forward to speaking with you and providing your child with excellent dental service.