Taking your child to the dentist at a young age sets them up with good habits and makes them feel more comfortable with the dentist as they get older. When you're looking for the right dentist, you want one with the qualifications, training, and experience to care for your child. Our dentist in Phelps & Cohen Orthodontics has received the proper education and training to provide dental care for children.
What are the signs that show your child's teeth need a dental checkup?
Some common signs that your child's teeth should be checked include:
- White spots on teeth
- Snoring while sleeping
- Broken teeth
- Unusual jaw growth
- Biting or thumb-sucking habits
- Loose teeth
- Difficulty chewing or swallowing
What are the pediatric dentistry services we offer?
A dental checkup is typically recommended every six months. This exam can spot early signs of decay, infection, and other issues that can affect your child's oral health. During the visit, we will examine your child's teeth, gums, and mouth.
In addition to a dental checkup, we may recommend fluoride treatments or dental sealants. Fluoride treatments help prevent cavities by strengthening the enamel. Dental sealants are a thin, protective coating that is applied to the molars to prevent plaque and food buildup. Early detection can help you avoid more serious issues in the future.
Early Orthodontic Treatment
Early orthodontic treatment can correct a misaligned bite, reduce the likelihood of impacted teeth, and reduce the risk of protruding front teeth.
Thumb Sucking Appliances
Thumb sucking (or digit sucking) is an oral habit that occurs between the ages of 5 and 7. Instead of stopping this habit, many children continue this habit well into their teens and even adulthood.
When children continue this habit, it can cause serious dental problems. It can affect the shape of the teeth, causing bite problems and contributing to speech problems. Because of this, it is important to stop the habit as soon as possible.
At the dental office, we provide anti-thumb sucking appliances for children. These appliances make the thumb-sucking habit uncomfortable, so the child is more likely to stop.
Children can benefit from a mouthguard. A custom sports guard will protect a child's smile from injuries during rough play and sports activities.
How often should I take my child to the dentist?
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children should visit the dentist by their first birthday.
Regular checkups are an important part of preventative dental care.
The American Dental Association also suggests checkups every six months for most adults and children.
To schedule an appointment with Phelps & Cohen Orthodontics, please contact us from your nearest location or enter your appointment request here.