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Regular dental checkups are as important to your child’s health as regular pediatric checkups. When you establish a routine of good dental hygiene at an early age, you’re training your child for lifelong habits of maintaining good health. All of the dentists in our office in Voorhees can provide dentistry for children but some are trained pediatric dentists. These dentists have invested in a minimum of two years additional training in pediatric dentistry. If you’ve been looking for a “children’s dentist near me,” we would be delighted to introduce you to our dentists. If your child is experiencing toothaches or having other dental issues, be sure to call our office to schedule an appointment with a children’s dentist in our office in Voorhees.
Is My Child Too Young to Go to the Dentist?
If your child has one tooth that has fully erupted, then it’s time to schedule a dental appointment for them. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children begin their dental visits as soon as they have one tooth. It only takes one tooth for a cavity to develop. When a child has two teeth that are next to each other, decay can start. Your children’s dentist can show you and your child how to floss and brush so that cavities and decay don’t start.
Many pediatric dentists have seen an increase in baby bottle tooth decay which develops because a child is put to bed with a bottle or sippy cup that contains milk or juice. Both of those substances are high in acid and sugar and when left on the teeth overnight, the enamel begins to erode and cavities begin to form. You should never send your child to bed with a sippy cup or bottle but if you must do so, then it should be filled with plain water only. If you have more questions about this or any other dental issue, be sure to call our office in Voorhees at (856) 322-0537, we’ll be happy to answer all your questions.
What’s the Procedure for My Child’s Initial Appointment?
During your initial appointment, your children’s dentist will examine the teeth and jaw alignment and make recommendations or determine a treatment regimen. Your child can sit in the dental chair or on your lap, whichever is most comfortable for the two of you. Usually, children don’t require x-rays but if they do, we can take them.
What Types of Dental Services Are Available for Children?
Good oral health has no age barriers so we provide similar dental treatments for our patients beginning at the age of 5 years old. Some of the services we provide include:
- Tooth bonding: We can apply a material to your child’s tooth that will cover minor chips and cracks.
- Tooth cleaning: Teeth need annual cleaning no matter your age and our pediatric dentists are great at getting their young patients comfortable so that all their teeth can be cleaned.
- Tooth crowns: If your child has a cavity that’s too large for a filling, we can fabricate a tooth crown for it.
- Tooth fillings: If your child has a cavity, we can fill it and restore functionality and alleviate pain.
- Root canals: If your child has decay that’s reached the root of the tooth, we can perform a root canal, which may be the only method for saving the tooth.
- Mouthguards: If your child is active in sports, the American Dental Association recommends the use of a mouthguard. A mouthguard will protect the teeth from being knocked loose, knocked out, cracked or broken. Your children’s dentist can custom fit a mouthguard for your child.
At What Age Do Baby Teeth Start to Come In?
Usually, baby teeth will start to erupt at about six months of age but they can appear as early as four months. The two lower front teeth are usually first to erupt. The onset of teething will vary and your pediatric dentist in Voorhees can provide you with more information specific to your child.
At What Age Do Baby Teeth Start to Fall Out?
Baby teeth can start coming out when the child is as young as 5 or 6 years old but usually it’s later. They’ll usually fall out in the order that they came in but again, the process is unique to each child.
Why Does My Child Have So Many Toothaches?
Toothaches occur for many reasons and the best person to answer that question is your kid’s dentist. Your child may have a cavity or an infection so call us at (856) 322-0537 to make an appointment with a children’s dentist in our office in Voorhees.
If your child needs to see a children’s dentist in Voorhees, call us today to schedule an appointment. We’re qualified providers in the area in dentistry for kids and we provide high quality, affordable kids dental care. Call us today for an appointment. We look forward to working with you and your child.