Our experienced pediatric dentists offer a variety of treatments to help your child achieve and maintain excellent oral health. iKids Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics goes above and beyond to ease any anxiety or fear your child may have so they can have an enjoyable and positive experience.
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Our Pediatric Dental Services
- Dental exams & X-rays
- Dental cleanings
- Fluoride treatment
The importance of regular dental checkups
Maintaining your child’s oral care starts with scheduling dental checkups every six months. With regular checkups, our team members can catch almost every dental issue your child may have, and identifying a problem early on means it’s easier to treat. Proper brushing and flossing routines and regularly visiting the dentist will help your child stay committed to practicing good dental hygiene habits. Regular checkups and good hygiene habits at home can help prevent cavities, which will prevent the need for dental work in the future.
Special needs dentistry
We understand that every child is different and may need extra care to feel comfortable during their dental visits. Children with special needs sometimes face unique dental challenges. Our pediatric specialists are here to help provide your child with the quality, individualized dental care they need in a comfortable and safe environment.
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, special health care needs include any type of emotional, sensory, physical, behavioral, mental, cognitive, or developmental limiting condition or impairment that requires specialized services, medical management, or healthcare intervention.
Here at iKids Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, our team members have the specialized knowledge and experience necessary to provide proper dental care to your child. We will do our best to ensure your child’s time with us is a positive and stress-free experience.
How to care for your infant’s delicate baby teeth
A lifetime of good oral health begins during infancy, well before the baby’s first tooth emerges. We have provided some guidelines below to help new parents!
Caring for your baby’s gums
It’s a good idea to get into the habit of wiping your baby’s gums with gauze or a soft, wet washcloth to remove any sugars, milk, or residual food. Simply wrap the gauze or cloth around your index finger and gently rub it over their gums. There is no need to use any toothpaste yet.
Your baby’s first teeth
Generally, the first baby teeth that appear are usually the lower front teeth and can appear between six and nine months of age. All babies are unique, so it’s not unusual if your child’s teeth emerge before or after this age. When their first teeth emerge, it’s time to transition to a baby toothbrush. As more teeth begin to appear, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that you start brushing your child’s teeth with a small amount of fluoride toothpaste the size of a grain of rice. Gently brush the inside and outside of your baby’s teeth, as well as their tongue. Since a tiny amount of toothpaste is being used, there is no need to rinse.
Baby bottle tooth decay (early childhood cavities)
One serious form of dental decay among young children is baby bottle tooth decay. This condition is caused by frequent and long exposures of an infant’s teeth to liquids that contain sugar. Among these liquids are milk (including breast milk), formula, fruit juice, and other sweetened drinks.
Putting a baby to bed for a nap or at night with a bottle other than water can cause serious and rapid tooth decay. Sweet liquid pools around the child’s teeth, allowing plaque bacteria to produce acids that attack tooth enamel. If you must give the baby a bottle as a comforter at bedtime, it should contain only water. If your child won’t fall asleep without the bottle and their usual beverage, gradually dilute the bottle’s contents with water over two to three weeks.
Your baby’s first visit to the dentist
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends bringing your child in to see us by their first birthday. Though this may sound early, we can teach you proper pediatric oral hygiene techniques, check for cavities, and watch for developmental problems.
Various forms of tooth decay can affect babies and small children. Early Childhood Caries (tooth decay) can develop rapidly, progressing from the hard, outer enamel layer of a tooth into the softer inner dentin in six months or less. Most of all, we want to ensure your child has a positive experience at our office and will be a regular visitor for years to come.