Pediatric Dentistry in Margate
Also serving Coral Springs, Tamarac, Coconut Creek, Parkland and Pompano Beach
Even little teeth deserve caring attention! If you’re relying on the tooth fairy for your child’s dental health, it’s time to schedule a trip to the family dentist. At West Broward Dental Associates, we offer gentle pediatric dentistry to build positive memories at the dentist, treat small dental issues early-on, and encourage happy, healthy smiles for generations.
Why Should I Bring My Baby To The Dentist?
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, children should see the dentist as soon as their first baby tooth erupts, or by their first birthday–whichever comes first. The first few years of a child’s life are a crucial time to monitor fundamental changes in their dental health and to prepare for the future.
The best dentistry is preventive dentistry, where setting the foundation for healthy teeth and gums establishes a lifetime of oral health. Catching small dental issues during routine visits is more cost effective and less stressful than allowing them to develop into bigger, more complicated problems down the road.
The Benefits Of Creating Happy Brushers
Experts advise that you begin brushing your child’s teeth as soon as the first tooth erupts through the gums. Until your little one is able to do so on his or her own. You can start using fluoride toothpaste as soon as your child is old enough to brush on their own without swallowing.
By making oral health a priority in your home, you can:
- Ensure that visits to the dentist are a warm and happy experience
- Develop excellent dental hygiene and nutrition habits
- Fix small dental issues like cavities
- Predict and plan for changes in dental health
- Develop a foundation of trust and support early-on
What to Expect At Your Child’s First Visit to the Dentist
The first visit is the time to set the stage for a positive, caring interaction with you, your child, and the entire dental team! Typically, this visit does not involve treatment. Instead, your pediatric dentist will explore your child’s oral history and will gently examine his or her mouth for signs of tooth decay. Your dentist will also carefully evaluate your child’s bite, jaw, gums, and oral tissues.
These first visits are also important for you, mom and dad! You will learn valuable information, such as:
- How to establish proper home care, nutrition and dental hygiene techniques
- How to address pediatric oral conditions such as teething and thumbsucking
- How to create a preventive care routine at the dentist
A child’s first set of molars come in around the age of 5-7, and the second set comes in between 11-14. Protecting these teeth with a sealant as soon as they come in is crucial to avoid cavities later in life.
The procedure is simple and effective, and sealants will last for up to 10 years with proper care. Adhesive is applied to the teeth to bond with the sealant. The sealant then hardens to create a line of defense between the tooth and foreign contaminates such as plaque, food particles, and bacteria.
Dental Mouth Guards
Most contact sports require mouth guards, as they are an essential piece of equipment to protect against damage to the teeth and jaw. Mouthguards can also help protect the mouth from cuts and help reduce the likelihood of concussions.
Store bought mouthguards are often ill-formed and uncomfortable. At West Broward Dental Associates, we offer custom mouthguards that are made specifically to protect your child’s teeth. Our mouthguards are created with thin, hardened plastic that aids with communication and breathing while playing sports. Make an appointment today to create a custom mouth guard that will keep child’s teeth safe and help them perform their best.
Questions About Pediatric Dentistry?
As your local family and children’s dental practice, West Broward Dental Associates is happy to make our entire dental team available to answer any questions you may have and discuss the best oral hygiene plan for you and your children.
Please give us a call at (954) 975-7900. We are proud to offer caring, thorough advice about pediatric dentistry. When you bring your child in for a visit, we will make sure you have your six month check-up on the calendar to keep your little one on track for healthy, happy teeth!