A pediatric dentist has received an extra 2-3 years of further education and training outside of traditional dental school to specialize in treating children. This makes pediatric dentists better equipped, more knowledgeable, and specially trained in the psychology and behavior of children than a regular or family dentist.
At Dentistry For Children, we treat children of all ages, from their very first tooth until they’re 18 years old. We’re committed to setting them on the right path of oral health and proper dental care that will last a lifetime.
It’s incredibly important to establish good oral care early on in your child’s life which is why we have no minimum age requirement, unlike many family dental practices. Establishing a relationship with the patient early on helps relieve anxiety and stress and we’re able to prevent tooth decay and gum disease with regular cleanings and checkups.
Deciduous teeth are structurally different from permanent teeth and require special care, attention, and knowledge to treat to avoid causing issues in the future. A pediatric dentist knows how to anticipate future consequences of your child’s tooth health, alignment, and eruption. We can also treat problems that are specific to young children such as tongue ties, teething, baby bottle tooth decay, thumb sucking & pacifier use.
We pride ourselves on providing a child-friendly office that caters to the needs of both parent and child. If your child is particularly nervous about their dental appointment, you can tour our office before the day of your appointment to make your child feel more comfortable in the environment.
Our wonderful staff and team of dentists are all highly trained in how to deal with children and would be more than happy to explain anything about the appointment to them so they feel in the loop and won’t be taken by surprise.
For children with significant dental anxiety and special needs, we offer dental sedation such as nitrous oxide and general anesthesia. Our medical team is trained on how to cater to the medical needs of children with medical disabilities and special needs.
We offer preventative, restorative, and emergency dental treatments for your child’s every need in addition to assistance with maintaining a healthy diet and weaning your child off of harmful oral habits such as prolonged thumb sucking and pacifier use.
Preventive dental treatments include regular cleanings and checkups, x-rays, dental sealants, and fluoride treatments that all prevent the formation of cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease. Checkups also allow for early detection and prevention of oral cancer.
If your child does get a cavity, we can fill it with tooth-colored composite resin fillings. Damaged or weakened baby teeth can also be covered with stainless steel crowns to protect them from wear and tear.
Rarely, your child might need a tooth extracted, but this is done as a last resort. At Dentistry For Children, we do everything we can to save your child’s teeth, even if they’re baby teeth. However, sometimes decay has become too severe or a tooth has been too damaged to repair and the tooth is unsalvageable.
In other cases, a tooth may need to be extracted to make enough room for orthodontic treatment. In either case, we would extract the tooth and insert a space maintainer to keep the space open for the permanent tooth to erupt and to prevent the surrounding teeth from shifting around.
We’re proud to serve the Fairhope area for every child’s dental and oral health needs. Keeping teeth healthy and strong, preventing gum disease and decay, and establishing good habits for the rest of the child’s life is what we are all about here at Dentistry For Children. To schedule your child’s next appointment, contact us at (208) 384-9872.