Dentistry for Kids
Our pediatric dentistry at Loretto Family Dentistry serves hundreds of families every year. We have managed to make children look forward to their next dental visit and helped parents feel at ease about the dental care we give to their children.
The Importance of Pediatric Dental Care
Consumption of sweets and starchy foods or bedtime bottle-feeding are among the practices that expose your child to tooth decay and gum disease. Besides, children may need emergency dental care because of dental issues that arise from falls during play. Our pediatric dentist understands all these issues. Early visits to our child dentist will help your kid stay away from dental carries, have an early diagnosis of tooth decay signs and receive preventive care. We educate parents on proper oral care for their children so they can help maintain their child’s smile.
First and Routine Visits and Exams
As soon as your child has their first teeth, we will assess them to establish their oral status and find dental issues at an early stage. At the first visit, we educate parents on issues related to bottle-feeding, tooth decay, general feeding practices for healthy teeth, oral hygiene, finger-sucking, using the pacifier, and teething issues.
During consequent routine visits, we focus on more complex issues appropriate to your child’s dental stage. These include helping your child adapt to the environment of the dental clinic, a full exam of the teeth, jaw, oral tissues, bite alignment, and overall teeth development. If needed, we may recommend a gentle cleaning to remove plaque and polish your child’s teeth. If your child has complex dental issues such as advanced tooth decay or if our dentist suspects a jam between milk and adult teeth, we may recommend a dental x-ray.
Dental Fillings and Sealants
If your child has cavities, we provide a tooth-colored filling to match the color of their teeth. For children, we recommend fillings with fluoride-releasing material to protect your child’s teeth from further decay.
We may also recommend sealants to protect your child’s young teeth from bacteria and acids. Sealants may protect teeth from cavities but are not a guarantee. We check your child’s fillings or sealants at every visit, and if needed, we recommend re-filling or repair.
Most parents think their child’s damaged milk tooth does not need a root canal because it will eventually fall out and make room for the adult tooth. We sensitize parents to the fact that a sick child tooth makes room for a sick adult tooth. We, therefore, perform root canals by removing the sick nerve and pulp, sterilizing the affected tissue, and sealing the space to avoid further damage.
In addition to the listed services, we also do tooth extraction when a child’s tooth is damaged beyond repair or when it’s time for it to give way to the adult tooth. We do dental crown procedures and design mouthguards for use during sports. Call us at Loretto Family Dentistry at (940) 287-3535 today for more information.