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Why Should Your Child See a Pediatric Dentist?
Preventative Dental Care
Checkups and Exams
General Cleaning and X-Rays
Early Orthodontic Care
When Can Your Child See a Pediatric Dentist?
Dr. Matthews and Dai can treat patients as soon as their first tooth emerges. Not only can early visits allow us to continuously monitor their oral health, but it allows your children to get used to regular dental visits and get familiar with our staff. We hope to form long-lasting relationships with our young patients and their parents, and in turn help them maintain their oral health.
Contact Us for Pediatric Dental Care
Our team is trained to treat young patients with special healthcare needs. If you are looking for a pediatric dentist, please call our office to schedule your child’s first appointment.
What is a pediatric dentist?
How old should my child be to come to the dentist?
With each subsequent visit, your child will mature and confidence and trust will most likely increase. Usually after age 3, we will begin preventive care visits which include examination, cleaning, fluoride treatments, and appropriate radiographs.
Why are baby teeth so important?
Why does my child need dental x-rays?
On average, our office will request bitewing radiographs approximately once a year and panoramic radiographs every 3-5 years. In children with a high risk of tooth decay, we will recommend radiographs and examinations every six months.
With contemporary safeguards including the modern digital xray we use in our office, the amount of radiation received is extremely small. The risk is negligible. In fact, the dental radiographs represent a far smaller risk than an undetected and untreated dental problem. Lead body aprons and shields will protect your child. Today’s equipment restricts the beam tothe area of interest.
What are sealants, fillings and crowns?
If your child has a cavity, a filling is placed after the cavity is removed. The filling is tooth colored (white).
In a primary tooth, if a cavity is too large to restore with a filling, a crown may be recommend or the tooth may need to come out. If the cavity is too large and has involved the nerve of the tooth, then the nerve will be removed (pulpotomy) along with the cavity, and a crown will be placed. A crown can either be tooth colored or stainless steel. Dr. Matthews has pioneered a customized white crown for parents who do not want stainless steel in their child’s mouth. Since the market does not have a sufficiently strong white crown for pediatrics, Dr. Matthews adapts a stainless steel crown and customizes the white portion to exactly match your child’s mouth. The purpose of the crown is to help provide structure for the tooth, to help maintain space for permanent teeth to erupt properly, and to help protect the remaining tooth.
When are procedures carried out in a hospital?
General anesthesia may be indicated for children with extensive dental needs who are extremely uncooperative, fearful or anxious or for the very young who do not understand how to cope in a cooperative fashion. General anesthesia also can be helpful for children requiring significant surgical procedures or patients having special health care needs.
What should be done about a cut or bitten tongue, lip or cheek?
If there is bleeding, apply firm pressure with a clean gauze or cloth. If bleeding does not stop after 15 minutes or it cannot be controlled by simple pressure, take the child to the emergency room.
If the child chews their lip, tongue or cheek area after completion of dental treatment, an antibiotic may be necessary. Please call our office.
What can I do about my child's toothache?
My child accidently knocked out her permanent tooth, what should I do?
Contact our office as soon as possible.
When should my child wear a mouth guard?
Our doctors will recommend the best mouth guard for your child.