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Pediatric dentists take an additional two to three years of special training after finishing their dentalrequirements. These doctors treat infants and children through adolescence. It is importantto seek outa pediatric dentist for your child by the age of one,orwhen their first teeth erupt. Visiting the dentist ata young age sets the stage for the future,and teaches your child how to practice good oral hygienehabits.

At our office, we welcomeall of our pediatric patients to visit our office beforehand and take a tour. Wewant all of our patients to feel comfortable and relaxed when they visit the dentist for the first time. Ourstaff is trained to work with children, and we always strive to provide exceptional care.

Pediatric Services

Our Office offers many pediatric services to keep your child’s teeth looking great. Visiting our office canhelp get in front of any issues, and allow us to track their development each time they visit.

Diagnosis and Exams

When your child visits ouroffice,we will complete a thorough exam of their teeth and mouth. We lookfor things like overbites, underbites, or teeth grinding. Correcting these issues early on is important.

Oral Education

Our team is trained tohelp teach our pediatric patientshow to take care of their teeth, and practicegood oral hygiene habits at home. We work with the parents and give them tips on what products touse,as well as diet recommendations to keep their teeth healthy.

Dental Treat ments

Preventative treatments are offered such as fluoride or sealants. We watch primary teeth closely,andmake sure they do not become misaligned. We offer pulp therapy if your child has had any injury or oraltrauma.

Other Services

Other services done in our office include fillings and teeth extraction. Pediatric dentists can fix a chippedor broken tooth,and can treat teeth for sensitivity. As your child grows,we will watch their teeth to seeif any orthodontics are needed,and ensure their jaw is developing normally. If necessary, we can referyou to our preferred orthodontist.

What Can I Expect During My Child’s First Visit?

Visiting the dentist for the first time can be stressful, and we want your child’s first appointment to go well. When you contact our office for the first time, we always welcome our new patients, and offer you to tour the office prior to your first appointment. This helps the child feel comfortable when they return that day for their appointment.

During your child’s appointment we examine their teeth and take any x – rays needed. Our doctors will check for any developing cavities and recommend treatment if necessary. Our team provides a thorough exam of their teeth and jaws to check their development and to make sure we do not see any concerns. Talking with the parents during the visit is important, and we always ask if there are any ongoing health issues with your child. This also gives the parents the ability to ask any questions or discuss any concerns they have about their child’s oral health. Our staff will also review oral hygiene habits at home to ensure your child is taking good care of their teeth. Positive reinforcement and encouragement are important to us. When your child is finished with their appointment, our staff will provide a prize at the end of
their visit as an incentive for good behavior.

Ready to Schedule Your Appointment ?

If you are interested in a pediatric dentist, and are ready to schedule your child’s appointment, pleasecontact us today, and our friendlystaff will assist you. We look forward to your visit, and are excited tohave you join our dental family.

Interested in Learning More About How Dental X-rays Can Benefit You?

If you are interested in learning how dental x-rays can benefit you, or you are due for your regular dental exam and cleaning, contact Dentist X. We provide the highest level of service and use the latest technology and equipment. Let our team help you care for your smile, and prevent unnecessary visits to the dentist. Our doctors have years of experience and love to help patients care for their teeth and gums. Oral health is extremely important and is directly linked to our overall health. Attending your regular dental visits can help to detect issues and keep your smile looking and feeling great.

To schedule an appointment with us contact Art of Pediatric Dentistry, and our staff will be happy to assist you.

Snacking is an activity we all do and what we choose to snack on is important. Snacks that are full of sugar such as candy or cake may taste good, but are not good for our teeth. In addition to the sugar these types of snacks contain large amounts of fat. Sugary snacks if eaten regularly can cause tooth decay. At our practice, we provide our patients with guidelines for healthy eating, and always promote healthy choices to keep teeth free of harmful bacteria.

How Can Sugary Snacks Impact M y Teeth?

Our mouths contain bacteria , and this bacteria forms a sticky material called plaque. The plaque sticks on or in – between our teeth and this can cause decay. When sugary snacks are eaten the bacteria in the mouth gravita te s towards the sugar, and turns the sugar into acids. This acid can damage the hard enamel that covers our teeth , and cause cavities to begin to develop. Staying away from snacks or foods filled with sugar can help keep the bacteria in your mouth from pro ducing the acid that causes decay.

How Should I Choose A Healthy Snack?

When you have that urge to snack take a minute to ask yourself if the snack you chose contains sugar. Ifit does, you may want to choose another snack that would be healthier for yourteeth. Staying awayfrom gooey sweets or snacks that are very chewy is a good rule of thumb. These types of snacks canstick to the surface of your teeth and take longer to remove,exposing your teeth to sugar longer. If youdo choose to eat sweets, it maybe best to save that type of snack for after a main meal instead ofhaving that snack between meals.

We work to teach our pediatric and adult patients the benefits of healthy eating. Taking care of our oralhealth not only includes brushing or flossing,but it includes making healthy eating choices. Staying awayfrom snacks full of sugar can help prevent cavities, and keep your teeth looking and feeling great.Brushing your teeth after eating a sweet with a fluoride toothpaste can remove any harmful bacteriathat may cause cavities if left on our teeth.

What Types of Snacks Are a Good Choice?

There are many goodtastingand healthy shacks on the market today that are less harmful to our teethand body. Stickingto snacks that are lower in sugarcan help protect our teeth from decay or otherdiseases. Choosing foods like fruits or vegetables,andcrackers or bread are good choices. It may behelpful to make a healthy food list that you pick from when snacking or eating. This can help you makegood choices and stay away from those harmful sugary foods.

Examples of Smart Food Choices That Are Less Likely to Cause Tooth Decay

Fresh Vegetables of Fruits

  • Oranges
  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Grapefruit
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes

Grains

  • Unsweetened cereals
  • Popcorn
  • Bread
  • agels
  • Pasta
  • Crackers

Milk and Dairy Products

  • Low or non – fat milk
  • Low or non – fat cheese
  • Low or non – fat yogurt

Meat, Nuts, Seeds

  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Nuts

Looking For a Dentist?

Many foods or snacks are harmful to our teeth and body. At our practice, we care about the overall health of each patient, and always promotes healthy snacking and eating. Checking the label and sugar content can help you make the right decision for healthy snacking. Choosing a variety of foods from the basic food groups can help you eat a balanced diet, and keep your teeth looking and feeling healthy. Brushing and flossing daily as well as attending your regular dental exams in our office can help keep your oral health in check. Our team works diligently to not only care for your teeth, but care for your overall health.

If you are looking for a dentist, our team is happy to help. To get more information or to schedule your dental exam, contact us and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you!

Interested in Learning More About How Dental X-rays Can Benefit You?

If you are interested in learning how dental x-rays can benefit you, or you are due for your regular dental exam and cleaning, contact Dentist X. We provide the highest level of service and use the latest technology and equipment. Let our team help you care for your smile, and prevent unnecessary visits to the dentist. Our doctors have years of experience and love to help patients care for their teeth and gums. Oral health is extremely important and is directly linked to our overall health. Attending your regular dental visits can help to detect issues and keep your smile looking and feeling great.

To schedule an appointment with us contact Art of Pediatric Dentistry, and our staff will be happy to assist you.

Early Othodontics

Early orthodontics is also referred to as phase 1 orthodontic treatment, and may be necessary to help children who have growth or alignment issues with their teeth. At Art of Pediatric Dentistry, we offer a variety of different options for patients who require early orthodontics. Our goal is to address the issues early to prevent more serious issues in the future from developing. Catching any issues with the jaw or teeth in the beginning is important before permanent teeth erupt.

When Should I Consider Early Orthodontic Treatment?

If your dentist has a concern during your regular exam, they may recommend early orthodontic treatment. Common devices used in early orthodontic treatment include braces, palatal expanders, or retainers.

What Are Common Issues That Require Early Orthodontic Treatment?

  • Issues with a child’s bite
  • Malocclusion or misaligned teeth
  • Teeth that protrude
  • Issue with a child’s jaw, or a child who has a very small jaw

What Are the Benefits of Early Orthodontics?

Early orthodontics can correct issues early on before they cause damage, and reduce the need for treatments later in life. Not every child requires early orthodontic treatment. Children that do not have any issues with their jaw or teeth should wait until phase 2 orthodontics.

  • Prevents a narrow jaw
  • Eliminates chances of crowding
  • Lowers risk of damage to protruding teeth
  • Reduces risk of tooth decay
  • Reduces risk of gum disease

Typically, children do not need to visit the orthodontist until at least six or seven years of age. Many children do not need orthodontic treatment until they are older. An early visit to the orthodontist can help detect issues, as well as know what your child may require as they get older. This also gives the opportunity for the parent to ask questions. Our team will discuss if your child requires phase 1 orthodontics to help reduce the need for treatment later in life.

Ready To Schedule Your Child’s Consultation?

If you are interested in finding out if your child requires early orthodontics, we recommend scheduling a consultation with us. Our doctors have years of experience in orthodontics, and our team is trained to work with children. We strive to provide a positive experience each time they visit our office. At Art of Pediatric Dentistry, we provide quality dentistry you can trust, and we welcome new patients to join our dental family.

To schedule your child’s appointment, contact Art of Pediatric Dentistry, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.

Brushing my Baby's Teeth

Taking care of our teeth from birth is important, and teaching our children good oral hygiene from the beginning can help them later on in life. Many parents wonder when it is a good idea to start brushing their baby’s teeth. Primary teeth are very important, and they help a child with speech and development. If a child loses their baby teeth too early from decay, the development of permanent teeth may be affected or come in crooked.

Why Is It a Good Idea to Brush Your Baby’s Teeth?

Our goal is to help our young patients and parents learn good oral hygiene habits to practice at home. Regular visits to the dentist are recommended when your child turns one year old, or when their teeth begin to erupt. Brushing your baby’s teeth can start right when you see their first tooth pop up through the gums. We recommend using a finger brush, or clean washcloth to wipe their teeth and tongue clean after meals and at bedtime. This helps to keep their teeth and gums clean and free of bacteria or food.

Can I Use Toothpaste?

According to the Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), they recommend using a rice size bit of cavity preventing toothpaste when your baby’s first teeth erupt. When they reach the age of 3 parents can increase the toothpaste to be the size of a pea. Gently massage the teeth and gums to remove any bacteria or food that may have lingered in those areas.

Visiting the dentist for your regular exams twice a month can help us get in front of any issues with your child’s teeth or mouth before they become serious. We can monitor their teeth for decay, and make sure their jaw is developing properly. Setting the stage in the beginning with good oral hygiene can really help teach your child how to care for their teeth in the future.

Our doctors and team have years of pediatric dentistry experience, and we welcome new pediatric patients to join our dental family. Our team is trained to work with children, and we always make sure they have a positive experience when they visit our office. We strive to provide quality dental care you can trust.

Ready To Schedule Your Child’s Appointment?

If you are interested in scheduling your child’s regular dental exam with us, contact our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.

If you are interested in scheduling your child’s regular dental exam with us, contact Art of Pediatric Dentistry, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.

Pacifier

Pacifiers offer comfort and help to reduce stress in infants. Many parents wonder when it is appropriate to wean their child off the pacifier. If a pacifier is not taken away at a certain age it can cause serious issues with a child’s teeth, mouth, and jaw. At Art of Pediatric Dentistry, we support our patients and parents and know weaning a child from the pacifier is hard. As much as the pacifier is needed in the early stages of life, it is just as important to take it away, so your child does not develop any issues in the future.

What Issues Can a Pacifier Cause?

The pacifier helps to soothe a child, and the sucking reflex is natural when they are born. The ideal time for a child to stop using a pacifier is between the ages of two and four. If a child continues to use their pacifier beyond this age range, they may develop jaw or bite complications.

Children who have used a pacifier tend to develop an over bite, and may have issues with their teeth erupting.  Orthodontics may be needed to correct difficult issues caused by pacifier sucking. As your child gets older, breaking their habit becomes more difficult. Early intervention is important to prevent more serious issues as they grow older.

When Is the Best Time To Wean My Child Off the Pacifier?

Each situation and child are different, and we recommend you do what is best for your child. The method used can be instant or gradual, and we can help by recommending behavior modifications to assist in the process. Timing is key, and parents should consider what the child has going on at the moment while weaning them off the pacifier. Finding new ways to comfort your child through the weaning process is important and giving incentives can help. Positive reinforcement works best and always avoid negative behavior during the process.

Interested in Finding Out More Information?

If you are interested in finding out more about pacifier weaning, or to schedule an appointment for your child, contact Art of Pediatric Dentistry, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.

Fruit Juice

Fruit juice is thought of as a healthy way to give children the vitamins they need. Juice is packed with sugar and acids that can cause damage to your child’s teeth. Teaching a child good eating and drinking habits is important, so they do not expect to have juice all of the time. Choosing water over juice is best and saving juice for special occasions can help. At Art of Pediatric Dentistry, we are always giving our patients advice regarding how to take care of their teeth and mouth at a young age. Our staff is trained to give recommendations on diet and what foods to avoid in order to keep your child’s teeth cavity free.

How Does Juice Damage Teeth?

Juice contains high levels of sugar, and when your child drinks the juice the bacteria in the mouth creates an acid. This acid is what attacks the tooth enamel and can cause tooth decay and cavities. Visiting our office regularly with your child is important. Our exam process takes a look at your child’s teeth to ensure we do not see any issues with decay or any developing cavities.

Even though the sugar in juice is natural, it can still cause damage that can lead to tooth decay. In addition to the sugar, juice also contains natural acids that can wear down the enamel on our teeth. Talking to your child about making good food and drink choices can help avoid tooth decay from juice or other sugar filled foods and drinks.

What Juice Is Best?

If you choose to have juice there are differences in the brands and nutritional value. Juice cocktails tend to not be 100% juice, and can contain additional sweeteners such as high-fructose corn syrup. Mixed juices can contain added sugars, so it is important to read the labels carefully. Many fruit punch type drinks are labeled as juice, but they have no nutritional value and are packed with added sugars.

Finding 100% fruit juice is the best choice, but these can also be unhealthy and contain just as much sugar as a glass of soda. Orange and grapefruit juices tend to have lower amounts of sugar. Choosing whole fruits instead of juice is always the best choice because whole fruit provides additional nutrition such as fiber and other vitamins.

Ready To Schedule Your Appointment With Us?

If you are interested in scheduling your child’s appointment, or have a concern about tooth decay, contact Art of Pediatric Dentistry, and our staff will be happy to assist you.

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