When it comes to taking care of your son or daughter’s growing smile, it’s important to be as proactive as possible! At Midtown Family Dentistry of Dallas, we love welcoming in all ages and supporting both “baby” and adult teeth throughout the years. Children are sure to feel right at home in our fun and comfortable dental office environment. Contact us today to schedule a visit for children's dentistry in Dallas, TX or if you have any questions.
Dr. Sara and Dr. Zach strongly recommend that parents plan to bring in their children for a first dental visit once they reach their first birthday. This appointment will be very brief and gentle; we’ll simply check their mouth for any concerns and provide some helpful tips on maintaining good oral health at home. As your son or daughter grows and matures, we’ll begin to incorporate professional cleanings, “do it yourself” brushing and flossing guidelines, and more.
If there is one single dental issue that children are most at risk for over their early years, it’s cavities! Cavities can develop in any tooth, but they’re most common in molars and premolars, also known as the back teeth. This is because you use these teeth to chew, and they have deep grooves that can trap bacteria over time. In order to keep these vulnerable areas of your child’s smile safer, our doctors prescribe dental sealants. Sealants are applied to the chewing surfaces of these teeth so that they function as a barrier, blocking out food particles.
Many children aren’t actually getting enough exposure to fluoride throughout their daily lives. Without this friendly mineral, their teeth aren’t as well-supported against the threat of cavities as they could be. At Midtown Family Dentistry of Dallas, we can provide a quick and painless fluoride application during routine cleanings to help strengthen tooth enamel and cut down on the possibility of unexpected decay!
Despite our best efforts, it’s very likely that one or more cavities will eventually take root in younger smiles. While this is never good news, tooth-colored fillings make repairing the enamel a simple and seamless process. We’ll choose the ideal shade of composite resin that matches their smile’s color and carefully sculpt it into place so that it repairs the damage and prevents further breakage.
Does your son or daughter regularly participate in a sport that involves the possibility of physical contact? It’s important to ensure that they have the necessary protective gear to stay safe on the court or field – and that includes preserving their one-of-a-kind smile. Instead of settling for a “one-size-fits-all” mouthguard from the local store, why not invest in a customized model? This high-quality “sportsguard” from our dental office is more comfortable, more stable, and allows for easier breathing and speaking.
Our team is great at helping even nervous children feel safe and calm while in the chair, but for those who need a little extra support, we offer oral sedation. Your child will be given medication to take at home on the day of their appointment, and depending on how they respond, we may give them more when they arrive. This will put them in a deep state of relaxation, and they’ll remain awake the entire time. The effects of the sedation may last until the evening or following morning, so plan to have your child stay home and rest after their appointment.
Lip and tongue-ties restrict the movement of these parts of the mouth, causing basic tasks like eating, speaking, and even breathing to be quite difficult or painful. They can make things especially frustrating and uncomfortable for breastfeeding mothers and babies. But, with a quick and precise frenectomy, we can remove the excess oral tissue to help a child regain their full oral function. We use a laser for this procedure, which reduces bleeding and post-treatment swelling to the point of practically not existing.
If you have a special needs child, then you don’t need us to tell you that dental care can be a bit challenging, whether it’s at home or in the office. At Midtown Family Dentistry of Dallas, we believe that every child deserves to have a healthy, beautiful smile, so we’re happy to see young patients with any physical, mental, behavioral, or sensory special needs. Our team has a lot of experience and training in helping these kinds of patients, and to ensure a smooth appointment, please give us a call and tell us about your child so we can make the appropriate accommodations.
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