Pediatric dentistry focuses on prevention and counseling about proper oral health, so your child can lower their risk of decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues. Caring for your little one’s baby teeth as soon as they start erupting is essential for the health of their future adult teeth.
Baby teeth serve a purpose: they’re guides for permanent teeth, which helps adult teeth grow into proper alignment. If your child’s baby teeth become decayed or if they fall out too soon, the development and alignment of their adult teeth become compromised.
By scheduling regular pediatric dentistry appointments, your child's dentist can track and manage your child’s oral health. They can also intervene quickly if any decay, damage, or other issues arise.
When should my child have a pediatric dentistry exam?
In general, the pediatric dental providers at iSmile Dental encourage you to bring your child in for their very first dental exam as soon as you see their first tooth erupt. Just as you need twice-a-year dental exams and cleanings, your child also needs to see their dentist every six months after that first visit.
However, there are times when your child may need to see a pediatric dentist outside of routinely scheduled exams. It’s important to bring your child to iSmile Dental if they experience:
- Mouth or tooth pain
- Gum redness or swelling
- Difficulty biting or chewing
- Knocked-out tooth (even if it’s a baby tooth)
iSmile Dental providers can even help your older child with orthodontic treatments once all of their adult teeth are fully grown. The practice proudly offers Invisalign® teeth aligning treatments to perfect your teen’s smile and bite.
What can my child expect during a pediatric dentistry exam?
The compassionate pediatric dental experts at iSmile Dental provide gentle dental care for children of all ages. Your pediatric dentist examines your child’s mouth, jaw, neck, and bite and talks with you about your child’s oral health. During each step, your dentist shows your child any tools they may use during the exam and counsels them on how the tool works.
Some pediatric dentistry exams may require digital X-ray images, depending on your child’s age and any oral health concerns. If any dental cleanings or treatments are necessary, your dentist educates you about the next steps and what your child can expect during their dental service.
iSmile Dental offers comprehensive pediatric dentistry in a calm and relaxing environment. Request your child’s dental visit online or by calling the office nearest you today.