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It’s as important for your child to have regular dental checkups as it is to have regular checkups with the pediatrician. Establishing good dental hygiene habits at an early age will help your child maintain lifelong dental health practices. All of the dentists in our Philadelphia office can provide dentistry for children but some have specialized in this area. A children’s dentist has undergone at least two additional years of specialized training in pediatric dentistry. Our dental office in Philadelphia is dedicated to providing the best kids dentistry that we can and we want to make you part of our dental family. If you’ve been searching for a “children’s dentist near me,” then call our office today at to schedule an appointment for your child.
What’s the Earliest Age That My Child Should Start Practicing Dental Hygiene?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children begin their regimen of kids dental care as soon as one tooth has fully erupted. One tooth can develop a cavity. If a child has two teeth that are next to each other, decay can develop, especially without proper oral hygiene. The practice of sending a child to bed with a bottle or sippy cup that contains milk or juice has led to an increase in the incidence of baby bottle tooth decay. A child should never go to bed with a bottle or a sippy cup. If you must do this however, make sure that it contains only plain water. When milk or juice remains on the surface of the teeth overnight, the sugars and acids in the substances can lead to a breakdown of tooth enamel and decay. If you have questions on this, call our office at and let us help you.
What Will Happen At My Child’s Dental Appointment?
During your initial appointment in our office, your kid’s dentist will examine the teeth and jaw alignment and make a determination as to the course of treatment needed. The exam can be done while the child is seated on your lap or in the dental chair, whichever works best for you both. If your child needs x-rays, we can take them but children don’t usually need x-rays. Please call our office in Philadelphia if you have any questions on this or any other aspect of dentistry for kids.
What Dental Services Are Available for Kids?
We know that good oral hygiene is important whether you’re an adult or a child so we offer comprehensive services to our dental patients no matter their ages. Some of the kids dentistry services we provide include:
- Tooth bonding: Dental bonding can repair minor damage such as cracks or chips that may have occurred to your child’s teeth.
- Tooth cleaning: Regular cleaning is essential to good dental health and we’re experts at getting children to open wide so that all their teeth can be cleaned.
- Root canals: If your child has decay that has reached the root of a tooth, we can perform a root canal in order to save the tooth.
- Tooth fillings: If your child has a cavity, we can fill it and restore functionality to the tooth.
- Tooth crowns: If your child has a cavity that’s too large to be filled, we can install a crown to protect the tooth from further damage.
- Mouthguards: the American Dental Association recommends that any child who is actively involved in sports wears a mouthguard. This can protect against having a tooth knocked loose or knocked out. We can provide your child with a custom mouthguard.
What’s the Age That Baby Teeth First Appear?
Baby teeth usually begin to erupt at around six months of age. However, this will depend on your child. The bottom two front teeth are usually the first to appear, but the onset of teething will depend on the child.
What’s the Age That Baby Teeth Fall Out?
Baby teeth can begin to fall out as early as age 5 or 6 and most likely will have all fallen out by age 12. Usually, they’ll fall out in the order they appeared, but the exact timeframe for both baby and permanent tooth formation is unique to the individual. Your children’s dentist can answer all your questions on teething during your appointment at our office in Philadelphia.
What Causes Toothaches in Children?
A child’s toothache can be caused by several issues, but one of the most common is a cavity. If your child is experiencing chronic toothaches, call our dental office in Philadelphia to make an appointment with a children’s dentist and let us help alleviate your child’s pain.
If you need a children’s dentist in Philadelphia, give us a call at and schedule an appointment. Our pediatric dentists are dedicated to maintaining your child’s good oral hygiene. Call us today at . We look forward to hearing from you.